A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a specialist facility where recent victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault can receive immediate help and support at any time (24/7).

This video animation describes the help and support available within a SARC, based on the experiences of victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse as told in their own words.

What is an ISVA?

An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). They support you with deciding on whether to report what has happened to the police.

They have expert knowledge of criminal justice processes, and can help you understand your entitlements under the Victims Code of Practice, and what to expect.

No matter which option you choose, an ISVA can work with you to develop a support plan to meet your needs.

If you choose to report, ISVAs will provide support before, during and after any potential court case. They are independent of any other organisation or agency, including the police.

What happens at a SARC?

Once a referral has been received, a crisis worker will arrange to meet you at the SARC.

You can bring a friend or family member with you for support. SARC has a friends and family room and drink facilities, so if you bring someone with you, they can wait comfortably.