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  • SARCS (Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service) Self-Referral Service

    Created: 18/09/2023
    News/Events Category: Health and Social Care

    SARCS (Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service) is a dedicated NHS service which offers healthcare and support following rape or sexual assault. 

    SARCS offer a self-referral service, meaning that anyone aged 16 and over can access healthcare and request a forensic medical examination in the days following assault, without first having to make a report to the police. 

    Across Scotland, SARCS will look after people's immediate healthcare and wellbeing needs and can support people to have a forensic medical examination if appropriate, subject to professional judgement. This includes collecting certain forensic evidence (which can be kept for up to 26 months) should they want to report to the police at a later date. 

    SARCS have shared lots of information across their platforms. You can read about SARCS work on their website and their Facebook page.


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