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Sexual Assault Referral Centre

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Spring Lodge is Lincolnshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) dedicated to providing a comprehensive service to both men and women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Who we are

Based in Lincoln, not far from the Lincoln County Hospital site we offer a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment, which focuses on your needs

Our services are currently open to all adults, and adolescents aged 14 to 17 years of age, who do not require the specialist services of a clinical pediatrician.

With Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s) now located under our service we can offer help for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives looking to understand what help and options are open to them, or to understand and navigate the legal system.

You may not wish to inform the police but still require help, advice and support.

You can choose to contact us direct, or have someone call on your behalf if you prefer.

Throughout your time with the service you will have dedicated one to one support from one of our specialist staff at the centre. They will be able to talk to you about the options available and offer you the time and space you need to make the right choices for you.

What we do

Services include having a forensic medical examination, which can be done with or without police involvement if this is relevant.  If something has happened to you recently and you do know that you wish to engage with a police investigation you can call the police on 999 or 101 and they will bring you to Spring Lodge where support will be provided and consideration given for a forensic medical examination with your consent.  If you do not wish to engage with the police or are unsure how to proceed then you can call us directly and we can make an appointment for you wherein doctors can consider if a medical is relevant and we can offer you someone to talk to and some breathing space to make decisions which are right for you.

Should you choose to have no police involvement at this stage, consideration can be also given to providing anonymous intelligence to the police to help prevent further incidences.

With Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s) now located under our service too, we can offer help for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives looking to understand what help and options are open to them, or to understand and navigate the legal system.

Unfortunately there is no counselling service at the SARC, however we can help signpost you to appropriate emotional support services.

More information

If you would like more information about the service please visit our website (from right) or give us a call, we are here to help.

The service is jointly funded by NHS Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Police and hosted as part of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services.

The ISVA Service was commissioned by the Lincolnshire County Council with funding assistance from the Home Office and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget.