What happens if I report?


Dewberry House is Jersey’s new Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). It provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and aftercare service to men, women and children living in Jersey who have experienced rape or sexual assault, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

All victims of sexual assault now have a choice as to whether to report to the police direct or to self refer to the SARC.

If you are in immediate danger we would always recommend dialling 999 and seeking assistance from the police.

If you decide that you would like to make a report to the States of Jersey Police about what has happened to you, the staff at Dewberry House will support you. Dewberry House has rooms where the Sexual Offence Liaison Officers can come and record a statement of evidence. The Crisis Worker can be with you when you do this if you wish. Whilst a Crisis Worker can be in the room with you they are not able to say anything for you.

If you decide to self-refer, you are still entitled to the same care and support as someone who has Police involvement. This includes having access to a forensic medical examination. Any samples that the Force Medical Examiner takes can be stored in Dewberry House. We will store the DNA samples and any clothes securely for two years (730 Days). We believe that this gives you a chance to take some time to think about your options.

If you want to report anonymously you can do so via Crimestoppers