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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

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service can offer support from Report to Court for any Adult living in Lincolnshire who has experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives. They can also help you to understand what help and options are available including non-legal options.

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 our small dedicated team to support you. We allocate you a named individual from one of our specialist trained staff at the centre, in addition to the other support workers who are also here to assist you. Support workers are 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.

For children and adolescents under 18 the Child ISVA service is now provided by the Castle Project at Victim Support in Lincoln. Some further information on this service can be found on Victim Support's website - Victim Support - Lincolnshire They can also be contacted on
07787 002970 or 07703 183338. (please note these contact numbers are not maintained by the LPFT Trust)

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.