Sexual Assault

Reporting a crime & support

If you have been a victim of sexual assault there are different services to support you.
Call 999 for emergency assistance from the Police.
Merseyside Police have specially trained officers-  who are dedicated to helping and supporting victims of all sexual assault and rape. These officers will investigate offences in a discreet and professional manner, offering support and guidance from the time of reporting through to the conclusion of an investigation.
Merseyside Police treat historic incidents of rape or sexual assault just as seriously as recent ones. If you would like to report a crime that has happened in the past please call 101 and a specially trained officer will attend.
For more information visit

* Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC)
Telephone: 0151 295 3550 – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Telephone: 01772 523344 – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

What do the SARCs provide?
Forensic medical examination
Emergency contraception
PEPSE* if appropriate
Advice on screening for sexually transmitted Infections
Hepatitis ‘B’ vaccination
Referral to an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser and other appropriate support services
Informal discussion with a specially trained police officer (if requested)
Translation services if English is not your first language
* A course of treatment to help prevent the onset of HIV in those who are at risk (this must be administered within 72 hours of an assault).

*Health Sexual Violence Liaison Officer
Independent support worker (not police) who offers support and advice to victims of sexual abuse no matter when the incident occurred triaging victims/survivors of sexual abuse to ensure they receive the correct support. This can involves support within the criminal justice system process, accessing trauma based counselling, advocating on behalf of the victim with your GP, workplace, education setting etc. This support is victim led and non-judgemental. For more information, please telephone the Adult Safeguarding Team on 01704 705248 or email