We advise anyone who has been sexually assaulted in the last seven days to contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
If you are considering having a forensic examination to collect evidence, it is best to avoid washing and brushing teeth or drinking hot or fizzy drinks as these activities may destroy DNA evidence. Try to keep all the clothes, underwear and sanitary wear you were wearing at the time and since the assault.
For more information, see The NHS website: help after rape and sexual assault
How we can help
We can offer the following services where appropriate:
- Emotional support and advice
- STI testing and management
- HIV risk assessment and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEPSE)
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Emergency contraception and ongoing contraception
- Pregnancy testing
We do NOT perform forensic examinations to collect evidence following a sexual assault, but we can help to organise this for you at a Sexual Assault Referral Centre. We can also support you with reporting the assault to the police, if you wish to do so. If you report a sexual assault to the police and you attend our services, there is a possibility that the police may request a copy of the notes from your visit as part of the process of gathering evidence.
Where can I get more help?
- Victims First
Free emotional and therapeutic support to all victims and witnesses of crime, as well as family members of victims if they require it.
- Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre
Support for survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment.
- Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services
Support for those living with domestic abuse, whether you want to leave your home or just need advice.