I've been assaulted

I've been assaulted

1. Get to a safe place and find someone to help you

Your safety is the number one priority. If you feel okay to stay put, get somebody you trust to come and meet you. If you need to get away, call police or meet somebody you trust in a safe location.

2. Dial 999 for police and medical emergencies

(Textphone 18000)

  • If the offence occurred within the last few hours
  • If you still feel in danger or fear your attacker may come back
  • If you need emergency medical care

3. I need to talk to someone now

Samaritans (08457 909090) provide a 24/7 helpline for anyone in distress. Rape Crisis helpline (0808 8029999) has limited hours but specialist counsellors.

Find out all about the other charities and organisations here to help you.

4. Dial 111 for non-emergency medical advice

(Textphone 18001 111)

The NHS non-emergency medical number. It’s fast, easy and free – available 24/7. Speak directly to a trained adviser supported by healthcare professionals.

5. Dial 101 for non-emergency police support

(Textphone 18001 101)

The non-emergency police number if you want to report an assault. Police will attend your call as quickly as possible and safeguard your wellbeing first and foremost. You can choose not to proceed with the investigation at any time. Find out more.

6. Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

SARCs are independent centres that provide specialist support and services to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, including medical care, evidence collection and counselling. It’s up to you whether they pass your details to police. Read more about SARCs or find your nearest SARC now.

7. Preserve evidence

Even if you don't currently want to go to the police, finding and securing evidence is important. SARCs can help with forensic evidence and stay confidential until you give the go ahead. Otherwise, find out what's important and how to collect evidence.