Reporting spiking and spiking-related crimes, such as theft and sexual assault, can be daunting.
We're here to support you whether you're ready to report it to us or if you'd prefer to talk to someone else. We won't judge you, we'll treat you with respect, and we'll always put your health and wellbeing first.
You are not to blame for what happened to you. Spiking can happen to anyone anywhere – no matter their age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. It can be carried out by strangers or by people you know.
You can tell us about spiking without telling us who you are or giving us your contact details. These reports can help us stop people spiking in future.
We understand that you may prefer not give your name in your report or take part in an investigation. That's fine. Although it does mean that we may not be able to fully investigate. This is because we can't get back in touch with you to ask you more. It may also hinder our ability to find whoever spiked you. But you can always give us your details later if you change your mind.
Reporting to the police without taking part in a full investigation
You can report spiking to us and give us your details, but still decide not to take part in a full police investigation or prosecution in court. Once you have reported spiking, you can decide whether or not to give us a urine or blood sample for forensic testing.
Whatever you decide, we can still use any information you give us to identify patterns of spiking, locations or offenders and prevent it from happening again. Especially if you feel able to give us a formal statement.
We would like to know about any spiking incident, no matter how long ago it happened. There is no time limit to report spiking. It doesn’t matter if you can’t remember all the details or are not sure if there’s any evidence.
Even if this was months, years or decades ago, we would like you to tell us about it. We take every report seriously, no matter how much time has passed.
Getting tested can establish whether someone may have spiked you. The police can take a forensic test, but if you think someone has sexually assaulted you, a sexual assault referral centre (SARC) can also take these forensic tests, as well as giving you specialist support. The result of the test can be used in evidence if we identify who spiked you.
Some drugs leave the body within 12 hours or much sooner. If you report to us as soon as possible, we can take a sample that could be used for testing.
Other drugs stay in the body longer, so we might be able to test you up to seven days after the incident. But if someone spiked you more than seven days ago, we would still like you to report it. We may still be able to investigate and collect evidence.
If someone has spiked you with alcohol, there are other ways we can investigate what happened to you.