/ How we deal with Rape & Sexual Crime


Greater Manchester Police is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims, and GMP’s campaign, code-named Talon, aims to continually improve the support services offered to victims of this crime.

  • If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515. See links below for the contact details of further support agencies.
  • We understand it is your decision whether to report it and it is one you shouldn’t be pushed into, but it is important to remember that the sooner the assault is reported, the more evidence we will be able to collect to help prevent you or someone else being hurt again.
  • If you do decide to make a report, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your family receive the best possible care and support.

What is Talon?

  • Talon is the process put in place by Greater Manchester Police to monitor and respond more effectively to incidents of rape and sexual assaults.
  • It ensures that specially trained officers follow a specific set of standards and procedures when investigating sexual crimes so that victims are supported throughout the criminal justice process and offenders are caught and brought to justice.
  • Furthermore, Talon draws on the expertise of staff from partner agencies, including St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Survivors Manchester and Rape Crisis, who play a vital part in helping the Force to investigate and detect these crimes, along with ensuring that a professional response is provided to all victims. 

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