Services that can help

Specialist Local Services that can help – and what they do

Serenity Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC):

  • For victims of serious sexual assault – adults and children;
  • Self-referrals from age 15 years;
  • 24/7/365 free helpline with access to a trained Crisis Worker for information & advice;
  • Medical examination with a specially trained doctor;
  • Health risk assessment & screening, with provision if required of:
    • Emergency contraception
    • Medication for HIV and Hepatitis B if you are at high risk
    • Medication for other sexually transmitted infections, or:
  • Referrals to Sexual Health Services for follow up screening;
  • Pregnancy testing;
  • And, if considering reporting to the police:
    • Retrieval of forensic samples (eg: urine, swabs, etc) & secure storage;
    • Anonymous reporting and/or informal chat with a specially trained police officer
    • Advice, information, support and help through the Criminal Justice System – provided by Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

RING THE 24/7 HELPLINE – 01604 601713 (office hours Mon-Fri 08.00 – 18.00 / out of hours on call Crisis Worker)

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis (NRC) :                 

Provides counselling for people (aged over 14 years), who have experienced sexual violence, including historic.

Call: 01604 250721

Information and Support Line – 0300 222 59 30


NRC works to raise awareness, prevent and reduce sexual violence through the provision of high quality specialist support services;

  • Information, support and referral telephone helpline for victims and survivors of any form of sexual violence including rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation;

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA);

  • Specialist support and advocacy for victims/survivors throughout the Criminal Justice System. ISVAs work in partnership with criminal justice agencies to provide a service to victim’s/survivors involved in the criminal justice process. ISVAs also provide access to a range of information including sexual health and well-being support;

Specialist Sexual Violence Counsellors and Advocacy Service;

  • Specialist, confidential counselling and support is provided to women and girls, men and boys 14+  who have  experienced any form of sexual violence and who live in the areas of Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Daventry, Wellingborough, East Northants and South Northants. All counsellors are trained. Counselling is free and delivered ‘face to face’ Counselling appointments are weekly with the same counsellor on the same day at the same time. Counselling and advocacy is also offered in outreach posts throughout the county;

Consultation and Focus Groups with service users;

  • NRC is committed to ensuring the voice of victims and survivors are heard, Influencing and improving agency responses and service delivery for adults and children living with abuse;

NRC provides awareness raising and in-depth training for agencies and professionals; 

  • NRC monitors and evaluates all work delivered and collects data through a bespoke Data Performance Management System DPMS;

NRC has been professionally approved by Rape Crisis England & Wales in meeting the National Service Standards.

Other NRC work includes:

  • Offering support and information to family members, friends and carers
  • Representing survivors’ voices on national and local statutory and governmental committees
  • Raising awareness of sexual violence issues and campaigning about sexual violence issues
  • Displays and information at events in the local community
  • Maintaining links with other organisations who have similar aims locally, nationally and internationally
  • Sexual violence consultation service to local, national & international agencies
  • Collation of anonymous sexual violence statistical information to be used locally and nationally to inform the development and improvement of sexual violence service provision

Sexual Health Clinics (previously called GUM – genital and urinary medicine);

  • Usually based in or next to a hospital;
  • These clinics are completely confidential and will provide health screening, testing and treatment for people at risk of sexually transmitted infections;
  • There are special clinics for people at risk of HIV;
  • See Contacts page for local clinic details.

Citizens Advice Witness Service

Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses for every criminal court in England and Wales.  Our trained volunteers provide practical information about the process as well as emotional support to help you feel more confident when giving evidence. Get support for you or someone else by completing our form on site below, or by contacting:

0300 33 21000