Sexual violence and rape

Information on what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of rape or sexual violence.

Violence and abuse in private or public is unacceptable and can affect anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, race or disability. Sexual violence and abuse can be defined as any behaviour perceived to be of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent or understanding. The definition of sexual violence used by Derbyshire County Council and Derby City is:

  • rape
  • assault
  • inducement, threat or deception to procure sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder (involving penetrative activity)
  • incest.

There are many rape and sexual violence helplines that you can use, both countywide and nationally.

Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (SV2)

SV2 provide confidential counselling and support to anyone over the age of fourteen in Derbyshire (UK), at a range of locations throughout the county.

Sexual violence counselling is a safe space in which to explore your experiences and feelings, in your own time and way.

They offer the opportunity for medicals without police involvement following recent rape or sexual assault. Tel: 01773 746115.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)

The ISVA is dedicated to supporting the service user after an experience of sexual violence.

Trained specialists offer practical and emotional support to anyone over the age of 19 who is considering reporting or has reported rape or sexual abuse. ISVAs offer support though the whole process, from disclosure to the trial and beyond, should the victim choose to take this course of action.

They provide:

  • advice and support, face to face and telephone support at crucial times throughout the process
  • support with police statements
  • explain legal jargon and attend court with them
  • keep the service user up to date with their case
  • support them whatever the outcome of their report to the police
  • help with accessing counselling in crisis with SV2.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

A specialist service for anyone of any age, male or female who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

They are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. They aim to provide medical care and forensic examination following assault or rape, counselling and sexual health services.

For those not wanting to report to the police, self referrals are accepted.

In order to preserve any evidence that may be present it is vital that help from the SARC is accessed as immediately as possible after an assault. In addition, the SARC can advise on and assist with other medical needs.