R.E.A.C.H – (Rape Examination Advice Counselling Help) - Services for Women and Men aged 16 and over
R.E.A.C.H opened in September 1991 to provide a free, confidential counselling, support and advice service for women (aged 16 and over at the time of the assault) who have been subjected to an attack of a sexual nature. It was initiated by Northumbria Police and their Women Doctors Scheme to respond to clients needs. Since January 1998, staff at‚ R.E.A.C.H. have been able to extend the remit of this service to include men aged 16 and over at the time of the assault.
R.E.A.C.H. provides an appropriate environment for the the gathering of forensic evidence, when this is required, and the follow up support and advice which has so often been requested.
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The REACH SARC is a one that is managed within Northumbria Police. Whilst the SARC is managed within this Police Force, there are formal non police options and processes open to clients that can give people some time to consider what their options are. Whilst anonymised recording will take place (in line with National Crime Recording standards), nobody is placed under pressure to make a formal complaint of rape to the Police. The service, whilst taking into account safeguarding concerns, is intended to provide some time and space for clients to consider their options and make the choice that is right for them, at a time that is right for them. For some people, this means never making a formal complaint to the Police and for others, this can mean making a report months or even years down the line. Options can be fully discussed and explored with SARC staff. Northumbria Police recognise how important it is to allow SARC clients to feel in control at such difficult times and have therefore provided and supported the service since 1991.