Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

The Shores

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The Shores Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is located in Bournemouth. We provide coordinated, forensic, counselling and aftercare services to men, women and children living in the whole of Dorset who have experienced rape or sexual assault, recent or non-recent.

Our full range of services include:

Crisis Worker Support
Forensic Medical Examination (if appropriate)
Emergency Contraception
Pregnancy Testing
Sexual Health Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV PEP Risk Assessment
Referral to Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), Counselling or other supporting agencies

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Venue/Contact Details
The Shores
Madeira Road
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Pushchair and Pram Accessible
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Disabled Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. We are accessible 24 hours a day through the Police on 101, self-referral and the walk-in service.
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This is a free service. All staff have been vetted by the Police.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Referral process:
  • Referrals are accepted from anyone. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for Under 18s.