About us

Here, no matter what

It doesn’t matter when you were assaulted, where it happened or who did it – we’ll listen to your experience and help you to get the support you choose.

The Bridge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). We offer medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

Our specialist team will be here for you if you are:

  • An adult or child, living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset or Somerset.
  • A child, living in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire or Swindon.

We also offer information and support to friends and family if someone you care about has been affected by rape or serious sexual assault.

Call us for free and confidential advice on 0117 342 6999. We’re here 24/7, 365 days a year.

The Bridge can help

  • Talk to us about what’s happened
  • Discuss your options
  • Medical care, including a forensic medical examination, sexual health and onward referrals
  • Emotional and psychological support, including arranging counselling
  • Practical help
  • Information about making a report to the police

Here is a short film about Self Referral Forensic Medical Examinations at The Bridge

Who will I meet?

To find out about who you may meet at The Bridge, click here.

How we’re funded

The Bridge is part of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

We are commissioned by NHS England and Regional Police & Crime Commissioners for Avon & Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police.

Charitable donations also help support our service.

Donate to The Bridge

Are you a professional?

We offer resources to provide help and guidance if a patient or client has disclosed to you.

Visit our professionals section

Latest News

View the latest information from The Bridge.

Visit our News archive


Help and guidance if you have been sexually assaulted or want to know how to support someone you care about.

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All the staff have been so friendly and welcoming, and very kind. I was supported from the very first contact, and overall, could not have gone through the past few years without this wonderful service.  A major asset to our NHS service, and one that I hope is able to reach as many individuals as need it.