The Rowan Sexual Assault Referral Centre

The Rowan is the regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland. It is jointly funded by the Department of Health (DoH) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

It provides 24 hour care and support, 365 days a year for anyone affected by sexual crime, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability or sexual orientation at a one-stop location, who have experienced sexual assault, whether recently or in the past. The team provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated package of care to promote recovery and wellbeing with follow-up support.

The Rowan services include:

  • 24/7 telephone helpline
  • emotional support
  • assistance in making a report to the PSNI
  • comprehensive clinical medical examination by a specially trained forensic physician; for those adults who decide not to report to the PSNI initially, they can have their forensic samples stored securely at The Rowan for a period of up to seven years, which enables a report to be made at a later date
  • risk assessment for HIV and the commencement of PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) to reduce the likelihood of contracting HIV, which must be administered within 72 hours post- assault, where this is clinically indicated
  • assessment for and administration of emergency contraception
  • assessment for and referral onwards for an inter-uterine device (IUD)
  • comprehensive sexual health assessment, and treatment where clinically indicated
  • referral into other acute services for specific support and intervention, such as: mental health, Emergency Department, safeguarding services for children and vulnerable adults
  • signposting / referral for specialist therapeutic counselling; follow-up as long as is required  
  • referral into Victim Support NI for longer-term support and helping people remain engaged with the criminal justice process.

The Rowan
Antrim Area Hospital site
Bush Road
BT41 2RL

Support and services available 24/7 by telephoning the helpline: 0800 389 4424 (freephone from landlines).

Accessing services
Support and services are accessed by an 'appointment’ only service at The Rowan (i.e. no drop-in).

  • Self-referral, services can be accessed by the individual him/herself by phoning 0800 389 4424
  • PSNI referral by dialling 999 for an emergency situation or 101 for non-emergency matters
  • Third party referral, a relative, friend or another professional can make contact on the individual's behalf.

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Page last updated:10 March 2017