The Shores Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is located in Bournemouth. They provide coordinated, forensic, counselling and aftercare services for men, woman and children living in Dorset who have experienced rape or sexual assault, whether recent or non-recent. 

Their full range of services include:

  • Crisis Worker Support 
  • Forensic Medical Examination (if appropriate) 
  • Emergency Contraception 
  • Pregnancy Testing 
  • Sexual Health Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV PEP Risk 
  • Assessment 
  • Referral to Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), Counselling or other supporting agencies.

The Shores run a 24/7 phone line which can be used 365 days of the year, offering confidential advice and support. They also have an informative website containing resources that explore your next steps as well as useful contacts to help you get the support you need, whether you feel ready to talk or not. 

Advice for Parents, friends or staff

The Shores also have resources to support friends, family or employers who are supporting someone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

Visit The Shores website 

Their 24/7 phone line is also available to support you, so you can talk to someone confidentially and anonymously about your worries and concerns. 

Call The Shores on 0800 970 9954.