Norfolk’s sexual assault and rape centre helps more than 600 victims since opening

12:47 10 September 2012

Norfolk police

Norfolk police's Harbour Centre has helped more than 600 victims of sexual assault and rape since it opened two years ago.

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A centre providing round-the-clock support and medical expertise to victims of rape and sexual assault in Norfolk has been open for two years.

Since the Harbour Centre opened, more than 600 victims have been supported by the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), a joint venture between Norfolk Constabulary and NHS Norfolk and Waveney.

The centre also helps to empower victims by allowing them to report their abuse and undergo medical examinations without prompting a police investigation.

Harbour Centre manager Diana Baxter said: “It’s good that there’s a centre like this that people can come to and talk about what’s happened to them and most importantly, they don’t have to decide whether they want to report to the police or not.

“They can have time to think about what they want to do, and that gives people choices, which is really important when they’ve had their control taken away from them.”

The work of the centre has been highlighted in a short film which can be viewed at

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