Getting Support

The Elms is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and is based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.  The Elms offers support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted - either recently or historically. 
You can contact The Elms Sexual Assault and Referral Centre (SARC) on 0800 193 5434
 
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)
An ISVA offers confidential advice and support to both males and females who have been the victims of sexual violence. They will help you come to terms with what has happened and explain the options available to you. They can refer you to counselling, help to coordinate different agencies (such as sexual health, mental health, substance misuse and housing) and they will regularly liaise with the police for case updates (if you choose to report the sexual assault). The ISVA will only provide the support that you choose and it is your choice whether or not you report a crime to the police.

The ISVA service covers Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. There is also a dedicated Young Person's ISVA that works with children aged 0-19 covering the whole county.
 
You can find out more information and make a referral at http://www.caprcp.org.uk/
 
We have produced a self-help guide in partnership with Cambridge Rape Crisis for people who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse.
 
It is also available in Easy Read format which is suitable for people with learning disabilities or learning difficulties and people with literacy or communication issues.
 
You can download these booklets below.

Cambridge Rape Crisis telephone helpline number is 01223 245888. They are open Wednesdays & Thursdays 7pm-9.30pm, Saturdays 3-5.30pm and Sundays 10am-12.30pm. If you leave a message with your contact details on the answerphone outside of these times they will do our best to get back to you the next time the helpline is open.  You can also email support @ cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk

Peterborough Rape Crisis Care can be contacted on 01733 852578 or via email at peterboroughrapecrisis@nhs.net

 

 

For more information and support go to:
 
Rape Crisis South London have made 4 short films to show how an ISVA can support rape survivors through the criminal justice system.  You can see the films here.

Survivors’ Network and LGBT Switchboard are running a national helpline for trans, non-binary and questioning survivors of rape and sexual violence.

The helpline is open Sundays 1- 5pm on 01273 204050.