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Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is unacceptable and can affect anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, race, or disability.

It can be defined as any behaviour perceived to be of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent or understanding.

Some types of sexual abuse include:

  • rape and attempted rape
  • assault by penetration
  • child sexual abuse
  • sexual touching
  • sexual harassment
  • indecent exposure

It's not uncommon for a victim of sexual abuse to have no physical injuries or signs of an assault.

Support is available if you think this has happened to you or someone you know.

Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (SV2)

Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (SV2) offer support to anyone who is affected by sexual abuse in Derbyshire and Derby. They work to inform, support, protect and empower people through advocacy and therapy.

Referrals can be made via the website, or tel: 01773 746115 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm), or email:

Millfield House Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC)

The Millfield House Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC) provides the opportunity for medical examinations, confidential healthcare and compassionate support for adults (18 years and older) who have experienced any form of sexual assault.

Tel: 01332 413 260 (open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, all year around) to speak with a nurse and discuss options for making an appointment and referrals.

For those under 18-years-old, the provider is East Midlands Children and Young People's Sexual Assault Service.

Sexual Abuse and Incest Line (SAIL)

Sexual Abuse and Incest Line (SAIL) offers free, specialist counselling and a helpline for adults aged over 18 in Derbyshire who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, incest or sexual violence.

Tel: 01246 559 889 for referrals and enquiries.

Helpline tel: 0800 028 2678 (check website for opening hours).