Swindon & Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

The Swindon & Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre is the first point of contact for people who have experienced rape and serious sexual assault.

The SARC is a safe place where we provide confidential practical and emotional support to anyone impacted by rape and serious sexual assault.

It is a service provided and facilitated by First Light, delivered by a team of experienced crisis workers
with an experienced team of sexual offence examiners.

What happens at the SARC? Click here for more information

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At the SARC, our crisis workers offer the right support at the right time. We can offer:

  • Crisis support
  • Risk and needs assessment and safety planning
  • Comfortable clothing (if yours have been taken for evidence)
  • Toiletries and an opportunity to shower
  • Space and time for you to decide what happens next

Sexual offence examiners (employed by G4S) are a team of highly skilled and experienced doctors and nurses who are trained to carry out a range of interventions to support you during your time at the SARC. These include:

  • Risk and needs assessment
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Sexual health advice
  • Forensic medical examination

Click here for more information about your forensic medical examination.

We are based here:

Swindon & Wiltshire SARC
The Gables
Shrivenham Road
South Marston

You can view and download our leaflet here: Swindon and Wiltshire SARC leaflet

Anybody can make a secure online referral to us. Please note, however, that online referrals are only reviewed during working hours and not during weekends or public holidays.  If you are making a referral to Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), we strongly recommend making your referral by telephone to 01793 781916.  This is to ensure that you are offered timely advice and support.

Secure Online Referral

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.  If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.