The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre aims to provide a sensitive and comprehensive service to residents of County Durham and Darlington who have experienced rape or sexual assault. Our free services are available to both females and males.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, we are here to help you recover physically and emotionally. Many women and men experience difficulties in coming to terms with their ordeal and in carrying on with their everyday life afterwards. There is no right or wrong way to respond in situations of sexual violence - it is important that you try to begin to feel safe again and be able to make your own decisions.
Here at The Meadows we can offer a forensic medical examination, advice, support, counselling and sexual health screening, and we aim to provide help as soon as you feel ready, whether you wish to report the assault to the police or not. If you do decide to report to the police, we can help you do so.
The Meadows is furnished and decorated to provide comfortable, safe surroundings and is located approximately 4 miles outside of Durham City centre, with another smaller premises located in Darlington town centre.
There may be circumstances in which we are unable to offer absolute confidentiality eg. if a child has been / is at risk of serious harm. We may need to share this information with other agencies but we would keep you informed of this where ever possible.