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Oakwood Place

Oakwood Place is a dedicated centre for men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault.

It brings together, for the first time in Essex, the best specialist care available in the county under one roof.
The centre is housed in a stand-alone building on the same site as Brentwood Community Hospital, but completely separate from the hospital.

Formed from a partnership between Essex Police and the NHS across Essex, Oakwood Place provides a sexual assault referral centre for the county. It’s a safe and confidential specialist centre providing the best care available in Essex including advice and support, health screening, forensic examination and links to other support agencies.

What is Oakwood Place?

Oakwood Place is a dedicated centre providing medical services and support specifically for victims of sexual violence and assault in Essex. It is a stand-alone building located on the same site as Brentwood Community Hospital. It is completely separate from the hospital.

Who is involved in Oakwood Place?

Oakwood Place is formed from a partnership between Essex Police and the NHS across Essex, led by NHS South West Essex. We aim to give the best care available in Essex to anyone who has experienced the trauma of sexual assault and violence. It will provide a long-awaited Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Essex.

What is a SARC?

A SARC is a safe and confidential specialist centre providing services which support victims of sexual assault to minimise the long-term emotional and physical consequences. Advice and support, health screening, referral to relevant agencies and a forensic examination service in the immediate period after an assault.

Once immediate care and appropriate examinations have been carried out, clients will be referred to services in their local area to meet their ongoing needs.

Who works at the centre? 

A range of professionals who specialise in caring for victims of sexual assault, supported by police officers trained to deal with sexual offences.

Who is Oakwood Place for?

Men, women and children who have been subject to sexual assault in Essex.

Do I have to be referred to Oakwood Place by police?

It is acknowledged that not every victim wishes to make a formal complaint to police if they have been raped or sexually assaulted. The Essex Sexual Assault Referral Centre is able to accept adult referrals within seven days of the incident from healthcare professionals involved in an individual’s care.

What are the opening times for Oakwood Place?

The centre is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for non-police referrals. It is open for police referrals 24 hours a day.

Out-of-hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays) access to the centre and co-ordination of services for clients will eventually be available via a telephone helpline.

If you wish to contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Oakwood Place), call 01277 240620.

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