What happens when you report sexual assault to the police?

Our specialist team deals with victims of serious sexual assaults, whether they have just happened or are historical.

When a victim reports an assault they will be allocated a specially trained officer to provide support and assistance throughout the investigation.  Our officers don’t wear uniform or drive marked police cars to ensure any contact they have with victims is discreet.

The role involves taking victim statements and making any referrals to support networks the victim would like to use.

They will organise and accompany victims to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), liaising with the doctor and crisis worker. 

Throughout the investigation officers maintain regular contact with victims, keeping them updated on progress.  They will arrange a court visit with a victim prior to any trial, accompany them throughout the trial and often driving victims to and from the court. 

We appreciate how difficult and daunting reporting a sexual assault can be but will ensure we provide support and guidance throughout.

Detective Sergeant Sharon Nicholson

For more information visit our sexual assault web page 

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