Oxford Safer Communities Partnership

Sexual Violence & Abuse

What is Sexual Violence & Abuse?

Any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, sexual harassment, or act directed against a person’s sexuality, using coercion by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting. This includes various forms and contents of sexual violence such as rape (within a relationship and by strangers or acquaintances), sexual abuse of mentally or physically disabled people and sexual abuse of children.

Sexual violence and abuse can happen to anyone, female or male.  No one has the right to coerce, pressure or force someone to engage in any sexual act.  Victims often feel that they are at fault or are to blame because of something they said, they did, they wore, they had, but the only person who is to blame is the offender.  They chose to be sexually violent; the victim did not choose to be violated.

City’s Domestic & Sexual Abuse Coordinator works with agencies to improve support and response to those who have been sexually assaulted.

If you have been raped then you can report to the Police or call the Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centre where you can have crisis support, medical examination and attention.  Solace Centre is open 24/7 – 0845 519 7638 

If you have experienced sexual violence or childhood sexual assault then you can talk to someone in confidence:

Oxford Sexual Assault & Rape Crisis Centre                    01865 726 295
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline                              0800 731 0055
Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AMSOSA)             0845 430 9371
Rape Crisis National Helpline                                          0808 802 9999
Victim Support                                                               0845 450 3883

Useful links

Sexual Health Clinics

Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, c/o Oxford City Council, 3rd Floor, St Aldate's Chambers, 109 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DS. Telephone: 01865 249811.  Email: saferoxford@oxford.gov.uk