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Portugal: information for victims of rape and sexual assault

Information for UK nationals who are victims of rape or sexual assault in Portugal.

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If you’ve been sexually assaulted it’s important to remember that it was not your fault. Rape and sexual assault is always wrong – no matter who commits it or where it happens. It is traumatic and it can affect you both physically and emotionally. Do not be afraid to get help.

This information is provided to help British nationals overseas make informed decisions about whether and how to:

  • seek medical advice and attention
  • report to local police
  • engage with Portuguese legal authorities following a rape or other form of sexual assault in Portugal

For information on support available in the UK, see Rape and sexual assault: returning to the UK.

Published 14 March 2018
Last updated 17 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on medical procedures and police interview.

  2. Added new information on Sexual Assault Referral Centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (SARC).

  3. New information leaflet and poster for victims of domestic abuse in Portugal.

  4. Added contact details for the only support organisation for male victims of rape in Portugal.

  5. Updated attachment

  6. Page amended 28 August 2018

  7. Guidance updated August 2018

  8. New online handbook for victims of rape and sexual assault in Portugal

  9. First published.