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SAFE Place Merseyside is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for the Merseyside area

At SAFE Place Merseyside we offer forensic medical examination services for both males and females who have been sexually assaulted.

We have a team of highly-trained healthcare professionals who are here to support you at our examination suite in Liverpool City Centre.

We can also provide you with emergency contraception, preventative treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) including HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and advice on screening for STI’s at a later date.

We will also offer referral to an independent sexual violence advisor (ISVA) who can help you if you would like to contact the Police and put you in touch with a counselling service.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you need to contact SAFE Place, just call 0151 295 3550.

What help can we offer?

If you have been recently sexually assaulted (with or without reporting to the police) we will talk to you about the option of a forensic medical examination, emergency contraception, HIV post exposure prophylaxis (PEP)* if appropriate, Hepatitis B immunisation, advice regarding other STIs and referral to ISVA support and counselling services.

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How do I get help?


You can report a sexual assault to the Police and they will arrange your examination or you can self-refer without police involvement by calling 0151 295 3550. Unfortunately we are not a drop in service and can only see people by appointment only.

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Who can access our service?

At SAFE Place Merseyside we can offer all of the services described on this website to anyone aged 16 and over. Children under the age of 16 will be referred to the Rainbow Unit at Alder Hey Hospital where they will be jointly assessed by a SAFE Place doctor and a paediatrician.

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