Victims of rape or sexual assault

We understand that reporting a rape or sexual assault is very difficult, but we will make sure that you get the support you need to help you through.

How to report rape or sexual assault

If the rape or sexual assault has just happened then you should contact Police as soon as possible by calling 111.

However you can still report a rape or sexual assault if it happened to you weeks, months or even years ago.

There are two ways you can get in touch with us. You can phone or vist your nearest Police station.

What to expect when you contact us by phone

Phone your nearest police station and tell the person who answers the phone that you want to report a rape or sexual assault.

They will arrange an appointment for you to come in to the station or arrange for an officer come to your home.

If your nearest police station is not open 24 hours and you are calling outside opening hours then there will be a message telling you which station near you will be open and what number to call.

What to expect when you contact us in person

You can go to your nearest police station in person and tell the person on the front counter that you need to speak with a police officer in private to make a report. You don't need to make an appointment and you may be able to speak to an officer straight away.

You can request to speak with a male or female officer and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

Contacting us for advice

Even if you just want to find out what your options are and how to get help you can still talk to us and you do not have to make a formal complaint. We can still help you with advice and put you in touch with agencies that can offer support and counselling.

What happens when you make a formal complaint

If you do choose to make a formal complaint you can find out more about what will happen in the:

It's important for you to know that once you have made a complaint, you will always be consulted before decisions are made about your case.

More support

If you feel you need more information and/or support before you come to Police, there is an agency near you that can help.

Other agencies that can offer you information and help include: