The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre

We provide forensic medicals and crisis support for victims of sexual violence. Men and women aged 16 years and above both recent or non recent. We also provide advice and online resources to help professionals offer the right support and advice to our service users. The Glade is here 24/7, 365 days a year to offer everyone information and guidance if someone discloses that they have been raped or sexually assaulted, regardless of when it happened.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

Victims of rape and sexual assault are often left feeling vulnerable and isolated. We recognise the importance of assessing and putting support measures in place for all of our clients. It is vital to empower clients and help them understand the trauma of sexual violence. We have made good links with local mental health support providers to ensure that the referral pathway is victim centred.

What are your current priorities?

To Promote SARC services to both the public and professionals.

To ensure all appropriate support pathways are in place for victims of rape and sexual assault once they’ve made contact with our service.

To ensure multi agency approaches to sexual violence victim/survivor support.

To ensure all care pathways are person centred

To educate all support agencies on the difficulties of disclosure and the appropriate referral pathways for victims of sexual violence

What challenges are you currently facing?

Due to a number of barriers we are seeing dips in the number of people coming forward.

We are continuously trying to raise the profile of our service, making it accessible to as many people as possible regardless of the barriers presented by the current pandemic.

The number of male victims accessing our service is low and we would like to increase this and empower them to reach our for support and information.