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Abuse Survivors Clinic
If you've been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused within the last 10 days, it may be possible for forensic evidence of the assault to be collected by a sexual assault referral centre (SARC) (or the West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service (PSAS) if you're under 18). The evidence can be saved in case you want to contact the police in the future. It will not be given to the police or anyone else without your consent. The SARC for the West Midlands is Horizon.
If you’ve experienced sexual abuse and violence at any time, we would still like to see you at the Abuse Survivors Clinic. We can provide you with support and give you a specialist and sensitive approach to your sexual health needs. This can be in the immediate aftermath of an assault or at any point in your journey.
What is the Abuse Survivors Clinic (ASC)?
The ASC is a dedicated clinic offering a specialised services to support anyone aged 13 or over who has been affected by sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives.
|Whittall Street Clinic||13 and over||Alternate Wednesday mornings|
The clinic is provided by our own Umbrella staff and our partner the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP).
We offer both emotional and medical support in one place for all survivors of sexual exploitation, coercion, abuse and violence. We see patients who have experienced sexual violence either recently or in the past.
Why was the ASC set up?
Patients attending Umbrella sexual health clinics are telling us more and more about their experiences of sexual violence and abuse. We understand talking about these experiences can be very difficult.
To help and support survivors, we hope the ASC will allow for more time to talk though the sometimes complex issues and provide a larger range of services at one time, in one visit, than a general clinic. We have experienced staff who care about the needs of survivors.
Services offered at the ASC
There is an RSVP independent sexual violence advocate (ISVA), an experienced doctor and a health advisor on the team in the clinics.
- a sexual health check-up
- contraception, including intrauterine devices (IUDs or coils) and implants
- hepatitis B vaccination
- links to specialist young people’s services, including specialised children and young people’s ISVAs
- advocacy for adults, children and young people who have been abused at any time in their lives via the RSVP ISVA Service
- emotional and practical support through the police and court processes if survivors choose to report the abuse
- information and support if survivors want to explore what will happen if they do report the abuse
- emotional and practical support, including in a time of crisis, if survivors choose not to formally report the abuse
- support in reporting to the police anonymously, without revealing their identity, through intelligence or self-referral to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
- links to specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) services including a specialised LGBT ISVA service via RSVP
- safeguarding assessment and referrals for children (13 years and above) and adults
There are some types of medical care which may need to be provided immediately after a sexual assault, including:
- post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure to HIV (PEPSE)
- emergency contraception
These can be provided at the ASC if you attend the clinic straight away. Even if you don’t attend the ASC, it’s important to know where you can get these services.
PEPSE is available from Whittall Street Clinic during opening times, or from your nearest A&E department outside these times.
Emergency contraception is available from Umbrella clinics and pharmacies, and can be prescribed by some GPs.
Services not offered at the ASC
The ASC does not collect forensic evidence (evidence that can be used by the police for investigative purposes).
Forensic evidence collection is carried out by the Horizons Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Please see our page on rape and sexual assault for further information.
How to book an appointment at the ASC
Anyone can book an appointment through reception staff in any Umbrella clinic, or by calling 0121 237 5737 or 0121 237 5700.