Domestic Abuse

Sexual Violence

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to: rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage / relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and ritual abuse.

Sexual violence can be perpetrated by a complete stranger, or by someone known and even trusted, such as a friend, colleague, family member, partner or ex-partner.

Sexual violence can happen to anyone.   No-one ever deserves it.

How can I get help?

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted recently, the next step is to get help:

  • Go to a safe place such as the home of a trusted friend or family member.
  • You do not have to call the police, but if you do want to call 101 ask to speak to a specially trained officer. If you get help immediately after the assault, try not to wash or change your clothes. This may destroy forensic evidence that could be important.
  • If you are not sure if you do want to report the assault to the police you can still go to Treetops Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) (Portsmouth) by telephoning 023 9221 0352, where you can have a forensic and medical examination. They can store the forensic results until you make up your mind whether to report to the police or not.
  • If you are not sure what you want to do, then you could phone the Island’s Independent Sexual Violence adviser on 07930 932249 who will be able to provide support and advice.
  • Southampton Rape Crisis offers a counselling service to victims from the Isle of Wight.  Helpline: 02380636312.

Information for Young People

The recently launched SafeDate Website provides information for young people on the issues that face them today, including domestic, consent and relationships. To access the website, please click here (this will take you to an external site).