SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) are independent evidence collection and support centres. You can go to one and have evidence collected and not call the police or involve the police. Women, men, and children can use a SARC. They will have a specialist perform a forensic examination (if wanted) and they can give you crisis support for initial visits and arrange follow up appointments. They also provide independent advocacy and support with practical matters, telephone advice, and signposting to external services.
The New Swindon Sanctuary
The Gables, Shrivenham Road, South Marston, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 4RB
Solace Centre Blethley
Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, MK3 6TP
Thames Valley SARC Slough
0845 519 7638
Upton Hospital, Church Street, Slough, SL1 2BJ
Getting Medical Attention
Is it an emergency? Ring 999!
Even if a survivor chooses not to have evidence collected, they might still need medical attention. They can go to get medical attention without disclosing that sexual violence occurred.
A&E cannot collect evidence
If A&E is not necessary the survivor can go to a GUM clinic which will be able to administer the morning after pill (if relevant) and discuss the possibility of anti-retroviral drugs, as well as future STI testing.
GUM Clinic at Churchill Hospital
Walk-in (no appointment needed) clinics for people who want to have a check up for infections, regardless of whether they have any symptoms. They can provide advice and prescribe all methods of contraception. Emergency contraception and pregnancy testing also available.
Mon-Fri 09.00- 14.30
Sat 09.00- 12.00
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
Appointments Call 01865 231231 8.30- 18.00 (16.00 on Friday).
Appointments Mon-Thurs 15.30-17.15
Tel- 01865 231231
Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LE
Full STI testing including HIV, Morning After Pill, Abortion Clinic
Mon, Tues & Thurs 09.30- 18.00 Weds 13.00-18.00 Fri 09.30-15.00
Tel- 01865 226969
Rectory Centre, Rectory Road, Oxford, OX4 1BU
EHC is sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’. It does not have to be taken the morning after, but it will work better if you take it as soon as possible after having sex:
• In the first 24 hours after unprotected sex it is 95% effective. • In the first 48 hours it is 85% effective.
• In the first 72 hours it is 58% effective.
If you think you may need to take EHC, but it is more than 72 hours since you have had sex, you can still take one of two other kinds of emergency contraception. But for these you will need to go to your Doctor or a Sexual Health Clinic.
Crucial: You can get EHC from your GP (Doctor). But make sure you tell them that you need Emergency Hormonal Contraception when you call to make the appointment. That way they know you need to be seen as soon as possible.
EHC for free-
- Sexual Health Clinic
- Boots Pharmacy on Corn Market (if 21 and under)
- Marston Pharmacy on Old Marston Rd (if 21 and under)
- Woodstock Rd Chemist on Woodstock Rd (if 21 and under)
If you are over 21 you can purchase EHC from a pharmacy including the ones above for a varying price, e.g. Boots is £26.75.
You can usually be reimbursed for EHC payment through your college welfare team.