Staff at ‘The Ferns’ are here to help.

The Ferns is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and provides a one-stop location, offering medical care and emotional support to any victim of sexual assault.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone; women, children and men. At The Ferns, we can offer you a place of support, also practical and emotional support to help you recover.

It’s your choice
At The Ferns you will not be pressured into contacting the police. We are here to provide the support you need and we will respect whatever decision you make.

Your case and any information you give us, will be treated in strict confidence and only cases involving children or vulnerable adults will be automatically reported to the relevant services as part of our duty of care.

Police involvement
Should you wish to involve the police we can explain how to do this and support you thruogh this process. You can also choose to pass information about the assault to the police anonymously.

Time to think
We can securely store evidence gained from your examination, and if you decide to report at a later date we will be able to help you with this process.


In an emergency situation, if you do not feel safe, dial 999

The right people to help you

All our staff are highly skilled and trained to deal with people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. They will offer initial and ongoing support, whatever you choose to do.

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