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St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

SARC provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and aftercare service to men, women and children living in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area who have experienced rape or sexual assault, whether this has happened recently or in the past. The Centre is located within the St Mary's Hospital site on Oxford Road, Manchester.

The Centre comprises a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

The full range of services include:

  • Immediate Crisis Support
  • Forensic Medical Examination
  • Access to Emergency Contraception
  • Sexual Health Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Access to counselling support for as long as you need it
  • Access to an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor to provide support through
  • Any court action taken

You can access the service either via Police or you can make direct contact yourself. You can also be referred to the service through another agency as long they have your consent.

If you report your assault to the Police, you should automatically be offered the Centre's services as part of their response to sexual violence. You can use the service without making a report to the Police or the service can support you if and when you do want to speak to the Police.


SARC - Contact Details

St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre

York Place

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9WL

24 hour advice and information line,
0161 276 6515

East Cheshire NHS Trust