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Part of: Checklists to help navigate after assault

Reporting to the Police Checklist

Use this checklist to help you navigate the steps of reporting to the police.

  • You make the huge decision to report to the police - a decision you can change at any time.

  • You either call 101, 999 or call a support service to see if they can assist you with reporting to the police.

  • The Police arrange for a uniformed officer to talk to you.

  • A dedicated officer is assigned to your case.

  • Your interview happens in a private room or a comfort suite, if that is requested.

  • Your dedicated officer takes a detailed account from you in the form of a written statement or a visually recorded interview.

  • You are provided your case number.

  • If the sexual violence occurred recently, the police ask if you need any medical treatment and advise you on how you can preserve evidence.

  • If needed, you are referred for a forensic medical examination.

  • You are referred to specialist support advocacy services, such as Independent Sexual Violence Advisors.

  • Your officer keeps you informed of how the investigation is going at least every 28 days or sooner if there are any updates.

  • If you decide to withdraw your complaint, you are informed of your rights and how it may affect your case.