To access sexual violence services in Swindon and Wiltshire please call the Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 01793 781916.
Abuse types definitions
Domestic abuse: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional
Rape: non-consensual penetration with a penis
Sexual Assault by Penetration: Non-consensual penetration with something other than a penis
Historic childhood abuse: sexual abuse, assault or violence which took place during your years as a child
Child Sexual Exploitation: Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Grooming: Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking. Children and young people can be groomed online or face-to- face, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional.