On this page:
- In an Emergency
- Reporting a Crime
- Sexual Assault
- Hate Crime
- Victim Support
- Useful Contacts
In an Emergency
In an emergency always call 999, whether you are directly involved or witnessing a crime.
If you call 999, you will be asked a number of questions by the call taker, so try to remain calm. If it's safe to do so, remain where you made the call (e.g. near the phone box) and await the police.
Reporting a crime
Remember, it is possible to report a crime sometime after the incident has occurred so do not be put off if you feel unable to approach the police straight away.
You can contact the police or report a crime that is not an emergency by:
- Phone Cambridge Police Station: 01223 358966.
You will be asked what your call is regarding and the call taker should direct your call either to Control Room (if a police presence is required) or to the Crime Management Unit.
- In person at Parkside Police Station from 7am - 2am
When reporting a crime you can be accompanied by a friend, partner, CUSU sabbatical officer or representative from Victim Support.
- Phone crimestoppers: 0800 555 111.
Crimestoppers is an independent charity which allows people to provide information about crimes that affect them. You can call Crimestoppers from anywhere in the UK and report a crime anonymously, so no one will even know that it was you who has made the call. Calls are not traced and you will not be asked to make a written statement.
Reporting Sexual Assualt
The Cambridgeshire Police force have specially trained police officers to deal with crimes of sexual violence. When someone contacts the police to report a sexual assault, the duty police officer will call out a specially trained officer who will then carry out the investigation.
For information and advice on reporting Rape see the information on Rapecrisis England website
At the police station, the person reporting the attack will be interviewed (and a statement will be produced) and a medical examination performed.
The woman or man involved has the right to have a friend with them while giving a statement. The police may ask personal questions, but no one should feel that they have to answer these if they are unable to do so. A detailed examination is performed to obtain evidence, and if a woman reports the crime a female police officer will be present. The medical examination does not include pregnancy testing or testing for any sexually transmitted disease. These tests can be carried out at any Sexual Health Clinic.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres
SARCs are specialist 24/7 services for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
They aim to be one-stop services, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape, counselling and – in some locations – sexual health services. Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children (although not all centres may currently be able to assist children).
Most SARCs are able to offer services to anyone including those who do not wish to report the assault to the police ('self referrals').
For more information and a directory of services, see this page.
Cambridgeshire currently does not have a SARC, but there are centres in Ipswich (Suffolk, one hour away), Norwich (Norfolk, 1hour 20 mins away) and London.
Support after Sexual Assault
Cambridge Rape Crisis provides a phoneline twice a week which offers a confidential service of support and information provided over the telephone.
Victim Support provide a confidential phoneline for support and information on any crime.
The NHS also provides information and advice on help and support after sexual assault
Reporting Hate Crime
Hate Crime is a hatred or fear shown towards someone due to one or more of their characteristics. Through the Open Out scheme you can report any sort of hate crime to the police. Contact the Student Advisor [firstname.lastname@example.org] or the Welfare and Rights Officer [email@example.com] for more details.
Victim Support volunteers are trained to give information, practical help and emotional support to people who have been threatened, assaulted, or robbed. People are normally put in contact with Victim Support by the police. However, you can also make contact with Victim Support yourself, whether you want to report the crime or not.
You can contact Cambridge Victim Support by telephone on 01223 329000 or call the national Victim Support phoneline on 0845 30 30 900.
Parkside Police Station
Cambridge CB3 1JG
Tel: 01223 358966
Type Talk: 0800 515152
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre
12 Mill Road
Tel: 01223 245888
(Mon and Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 pm)
Tel: 0115 900 3563 (national phoneline)
Provides confidential support for women who have experienced sexual assault. Volunteers will also accompany people when reporting a crime if wanted.
Cambridge Victim Support
The Bath House
Tel: 01223 329000
Tel: 0845 30 30 900 (national phoneline)
Free information and advice, whether or not you want to report a crime to the Police.