Devon and Cornwall SARC’s

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) offers immediate help after rape or sexual assault to women, men and children. This includes medical care and a forensic medical examination by a specialist NHS doctor or nurse as well as help and advice from our friendly crisis workers to support you through the process.

Devon and Cornwall SARC are part of the NHS and provide help and support to victims of rape or sexual assault in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) in Exeter, Plymouth and Truro where people can receive medical care, guidance and advice from NHS professionals. Exeter is a centre of excellence for Paediatric forensics, where special care can be given to children.

Devon and Cornwall SARC work with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, local communities, local councils, hospitals and charitable organisations such as Rape Crisis or First light.

  • Gender: We support anyone who has experienced rape and sexual assault.
  • Age: All of our services are for people of any age. We offer specialised medical and forensic care for children from our Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Care, based in Exeter.
  • Location: The Truro SARC is located at a safe location on Truro Health Park.  Children and young people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse will be seen at the Centre of Excellence in Exeter.  We cover Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  • Case type: Truro SARC can support female and male victims of rape or sexual assault who are acute (up to 10 days) or historic (greater than 7 days). Children who have experienced rape or sexual assault are usually referred to Exeter.

We understand that confidentiality is important to you.

All information about you will be held in complete confidence unless there are concerns regarding child protection or abuse of a vulnerable adult. In such cases we have a responsibility to share some information with other agencies such as social care in order to help keep children and vulnerable adults safe.

If you have reported the assault to the police and the investigation results in a prosecution, your medical notes may be requested by the court and the doctor could be asked to write a statement.

16 and 17 year olds and above can access SARC services without talking to police under our self referral process. We will have to involve the police for those children 15 and under, but our staff will be there to support and guide you through this process

All of our doctors, nurses and crisis workers are female.

We have specially trained NHS doctors, nurses and crisis workers at each location. We can also refer you to an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor to guide you through the process.

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0300 3034626 (24/7 365 days a year)

The Truro SARC
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill

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By appointment only, please call 0300 3034626

Our helpline is available 24/7 365 days a year 0300 3034626 or you can fill in a quick online referral form and we will call you back.

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