Off-campus support

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to reports the offence to the police or not.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres are designed to be comfortable and multi-functional, providing private space for interviews and examinations, and some may also offer counselling services. "SARC"s have specialist staff that are trained to help you make informed decisions about what you want to do next

Grange Park is the Staffordshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They are based at Cobridge Community Health Centre, Church Terrace, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2JW. Tel: 0300 7900 166 open 9am - 5pm weekdays.  Further information about Grange Park.

The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre covers the West Mercia, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin regions. Tel: 0808 178 2058 open 24 hours every day. Further information about the Glade.

For details of Sexual Assault Referral Centres across the UK click here.

For information about options to consider immediately after a rape or sexual assault, visit the NHS Choices web pages.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) can help if your life has been affected by sexual violence and sexual abuse.

ISVA have a confidential 24hr Helpline - 0870 2700 123

The free ISVA service can support you regardless of your gender or sexuality in determining your own strategies for recovery at your own pace, working by advocacy and support, in the following areas:

  • Criminal and Civil Legal Support

  • Issues to support your children

  • Advice & Support on Health Issues 

  • Emotional Support

  • 24 Hour helpline

  • Social Network

  • Finances

  • Housing

  • Personal Safety

Where we work, the ISVA project covers the following areas: Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire, Stafford Borough, Cannock District, Tamworth, Lichfield.

AXIS is a service available to people living in Telford and Shropshire, there are ISVA Advisors based at both offices. You can self refer by calling the ISVA team on 01743 243007 (Shropshire) or 01952 586790 (Telford & Wrekin). Alternatively for students based at the Shrewsbury campus you can speak in confidence to a member of the Student Guidance team who can refer you to the service.

More information can be found on their website, visit Axis Counselling or download a leaflet.

Other sources of support

Staffordshire Women's Aid 
Telephone: 24 hour helpline 0300 330 5959

Staffordshire Women's Aid is a specialist service who have been providing Domestic and Sexual Violence Services since 1976, visit Staffordshire Women's Aid.

Wood House, Etruria Road, Hanley ST1 5NQ. Tel: (01782) 433204 (24 hour message line).
Savana offers support and information to anyone who has encountered or experienced any form of sexual assault or violence at some point in their lives. For further information about Savana click here.

Survivors UK
Helpline Web Chat - 10.30am - 9pm weekdays, 10am - 6pm weekends. Email: Office Tel: 0203 598 3898 9.30am - 5pm weekdays.
Offering information and support for men (over 18) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault/rape, visit

Male Survivors Partnership
Male Survivors Partnership is a consortium of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation support organisations that offer specialist support to boys and men across the UK, working together for the purpose of generating healing.

You can access support online, on the phone or face to face at a 1:1 or in a group, there is a variety of support out there, take a look at the services available via the Male Survivors Directory

Telephone:  0808 800 5005

Rape Crisis England & Wales
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for their network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres. Their website includes information about how to get help if you've experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any kind of sexual violence, and details of your nearest Rape Crisis services.

They have an informative section regarding 'Myths About Rape' which is aimed to help dispel some of the myths and raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence. 
Tel: Freephone 0808 802 9999 available from 12 noon - 2.30pm and 7 - 9.30pm every day of the year.

Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)
The FMU has a dedicated team of trained caseworkers who understand the issues surrounding forced marriage. They give advice and support to around 1500 people every year, so know about the pressures you may have experienced. They also know how difficult it can be to talk about your situation. They offer support and information to anyone who has experienced forced marriage, or is worried about being forced into marriage. 

The FMU has published 'Forced Marriage A Survivors Guide' which gives useful and practical information to help you take control of your life and focus on the future. This manual provides practical support and information for anyone who has experienced or escaped from a forced marriage.

You can also speak to the FMU on 0207 008 0151. It’s completely confidential and they will not contact your family, they are there to help you without any judgment.

Karma Nirvana
Tel: 0800 5999 247 Email:
Karma Nirvana is a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

Rape Crisis
Tel: 0808 802 9999 open weekdays, 3.00pm - 5.30pm.
Rape Crisis is a registered charity and is the national umbrella organisation for a network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres, which provide crisis and longer term support. For information and contact details for local centres, phone or visit their website.

Please note that Staffordshire University is not responsible for the quality, accuracy or effectiveness of the services, information or advice provided by organisations external to the University.