The Topaz Centre

If you’re unsure whether you want to report to the Police yet or not, you can come here.

THE TOPAZ CENTRE

If you are not sure whether you want to report to the Police yet or not, you can go to The Topaz Centre if you are aged 18 or over. You may want to take a friend or trusted person with you if you can.

About Us

The Topaz Centre is in a discreet location easily accessible by public transport and by car.

It provides a multi-agency support to survivors of rape and sexual assault in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

What We Offer

A supportive environment for a forensic examination and statement taking.

A Crisis Worker to support you during the initial stages of reporting including the examination.

Medical examination which can take place up to 7 days after the incident to gather forensic evidence.This service is available without Police involvement for those over the age of 18.

Emergency contraception is available on site and/or access to local GUM Clinic for emergency medical care and follow up.

Access to advice and support and/or referrals to counselling or other services.

Forensic Medical Examinations

At The Topaz Centre, you can have a forensic medical examination, as well as a referral for tests for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

The Topaz Centre won’t pressure you into reporting to the Police, however, young people aged 13-17 can only access The Topaz Centre facilities through a police referral. They can store the results of any forensic examination (or evidence) until you make up your mind whether to report to the Police or not. The Topaz Centre has specially trained, experienced professionals who can give you medical help and advice. They can also help and support you through the immediate trauma.

If you do decide to have a forensic medical examination at The Topaz Centre, time is an important consideration. If you want forensic evidence to be collected, you should try and go to The Topaz Centre straight away if you can, ideally within 72 hours or at least within 7 days. Also, try if possible, to take these steps:

  • Not to bath or shower/ wash hands
  • Not to clean teeth
  • Not to have a drink
  • Not to brush hair
  • Collect sample of urine if needing toilet
  • Keep toilet tissue (put in bag)
  • Bring pants / bra / bedding and any other clothing worn at time of incident
  • Bring spare clothes to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Topaz Centre) if still wearing clothes from incident
  • Anyone under 18 years of age will need to have Police involvement

Don’t worry if you have already done some of these things. It’s possible that there is still forensic evidence to collect.

news-briefing-reports-nsvss News, Briefings & Reports