sexual assault referral centers

Referral Centres for Sexual Assault in Nigeria

What is Sexual Assault?

Here are a couple of quotes:

Sexual assault encompasses a range of acts, including coerced sex in marriage and dating relationships, rape by strangers, organized rape in war, sexual harassment (including demands of sex for jobs or school grades), and rape of children,trafficking of women and girls, female genital mutilation, and forced exposure to pornography.

(PDF) Prevention of sexual assault in Nigeria. [accessed Dec 10 2018].

Sexual assault can cause severe distress, emotional harm and injuries which can’t be seen – all of which can take a long time to recover from. This is why we use the term ‘assault’, and treat reports just as seriously as those of violent, physical attacks.

Metropolitan Police, UK 

The trauma of sexual assault is severely damaging and its treatment requires a combination of different measures to attempt to restore some degree of ‘wellness’ to a survivor.

sexual assault referral centers

In the last decade, growing efforts have been made to address and deal with sexual assault in Nigeria, which prior to this time had been dealt with largely in ‘silence’.

To help people who have experienced sexual assault in Nigeria (male or female), treatment centres have been evolving in different parts of the country to provide the support needed by the individual.

List of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in Nigeria:

Adamawa State

Adamawa Hope Centre  
Adamawa State Specialist Hospital,
Hospital Road, Jimeta, Nigeria

Akwa Ibom State

Agape Centre,
Immanuel General Hospital
10 Hospital Road, Eket, Akwa Ibom
Tel: 09077777433, 09090000648

Borno State

Nelewa Centre
Umar Shehu General Hospital,
Kashim Ibrahim Road, Maiduguri,

Enugu State

Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Uloumunwanyi ndi WACOL, (Women’s House)
No 9 Matthias Ilo Avenue by Airport FlyOver, or back of New Haven Secondary school. New Haven Extension. Enugu.
Tel:08060084441, 07032567458

Jigawa State

Jigawa Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Dutse General Hospital,
Dustse-Wakanukuguma Road, Sabon Gari Danmasara, Dutse
Jigawa, Nigeria.
Tel: 08153005400

Kaduna State

Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
Dr. Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna state.
Tel: 08092049888, 09029991140


Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa Memorial Hospital, Kafanchan. 
Tel: 08148026802, 09051503384, 09064528082

Kano State

Waraka Sexual Assault Referral Centre, 
Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital,
Kofar Mata Road,
Tel: 070 6614 9652, 080 2857 0304

Lagos State

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) Centre.
6 Turton Street, Off Thorburn Avenue, Yaba, Lagos
Tel: 080 9210 0009

Mirabel Center Lagos
Lagos State University Teaching
Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: 081 5577 0000, 081 1555 4877,
070 1349 1769, 01-295 7816,
081 7627 5732, 081 7627 5695

Niger State

Rayuwa Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
Police Clinic, Stadium Road,
Unguwa Daji, Minna
Tel: 070 3073 5333, 080 8494 4034

Yobe State

Damaturu Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Women and Child Hospital, Damaturu, Yobe state

Other sexual abuse support centers

Use this link to access some more centers providing different forms of support in this area.

Disclaimer: Contact details for facilities listed may change over time. This page will be refreshed regularly to update this information. Contact Us if you need more information.

Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


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