What to do and where to get help

If you or someone you know has been assaulted, there are various services which can provide confidential help. This page explains domestic abuse, sexual assault and rape with links to further information and support services nationwide for victims.

If you have concerns about an adult, child or young person who you think may have been sexually assaulted, please contact the police or report the issue to social services.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse isn’t just physical violence; if someone is manipulating a person their partner into doing things they don’t want to do or has threatening and controlling behaviour, this could be a sign of an unhealthy relationship. Financial and emotional abuse are also forms of domestic abuse. Anyone affected by or who suspects domestic violence can call the police on 999 or call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 2000 247

Sexual Assault

People who have been sexually assaulted need to attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for urgent medical attention to prevent STIs and pregnancy. SARC offer medical, practical and emotional support to the victims of sexual assault irrespective of whether the incident is reported or not to the police.

Specially trained nurses, doctors and support workers are involved in caring for the victim, which includes assessment and medical treatment. See the below service providers who can be contacted for specialist medical attention and sexual violence support.

Your nearest SARC and support in Wakefield, Barnsley and Wigan & Leigh

Protection from abuse and rape support

Services:

  • NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Barnados – UK’s leading Children’s Charity
  • SARC – if you are the victim of a sexual assault, SARC services can help you
  • Survivors UK – help victims of male rape and sexual abuse
  • Support Line UK – Victims of rape and assault
  • Safeline – Working with victims of abuse
  • Rape crisis centre – Find your nearest one

You are not alone. Sexual violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men.