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Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

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A specialist and comprehensive service providing high quality care for victims of rape and sexual assault is available to children, young people and adults living in the Cheshire area. This is available for those who wish to self-refer as well as for Police and other referrals.

Established in 2011, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Cheshire is being delivered by the St Mary’s SARC in Manchester together with Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).  St Mary’s SARC provides forensic examinations for adults and children of all ages while RASASC provides aftercare services for those aged 13 and over including counselling, support and access to an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who provides support through the criminal justice system.  Aftercare services for the under 13s is be provided by St Mary’s SARC.

St Mary’s SARC provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic and aftercare service to victims of rape or sexual assault, whether this has happened recently or in the past.  The service is available to adults and children who can access a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.  People can access the Centre via the police or they contact the Centre directly and make an appointment. The Centre is located within the St Mary’s Hospital site on Oxford Road, Manchester.

RASASC is a Cheshire based service, which supports people affected by any form of sexual violence.  Services available include counseling; ISVA support; group work; young people’s services; confidence building courses; advice, information and advocacy.

For more information and self-referrals please contact

St Mary’s SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

RASASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)

The SARC for Cheshire is the result of discussions between key agencies as to how best to provide high quality care and services to victims of rape and sexual assault living in the area.  The service is funded jointly between the police, local authorities and primary care trusts.

The aims of the service are to provide the best quality and standards of care for people living in Cheshire who require these services and ensure victims benefit from the knowledge and experience of experts working in this field.

The support and care for survivors of rape and sexual offences is absolutely vital to both their recovery and an opportunity to gather the best possible evidence to support a prosecution. By services working together we are able to provide some of the best care and support in the country.  The service has had a positive response, not just from Cheshire residents but also from the partners that have helped develop and fund this innovative service.

This service will mean that people will be able to access the best quality care and support immediately following a rape or sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Cheshire has been funded by:

  • Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Cheshire Constabulary
  • NHS Western Cheshire
  • Warrington PCT
  • Halton and St Helen’s PCT
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Warrington Council
  • Halton Council