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Cervical Screening (Smear test) Information Sheet

Cervical Screening, or Smear test, can be distressing or traumatic for survivors of sexual violence. We have created this sheet to take with you to outline your needs as a survivor.


We are aware that cervical screening (also known as a smear test) can be particularly triggering for survivors. We have created a document that you can bring to the appointment and will help the medical practitioner know best how to support you.

The document has spaces where you can adapt/add/edit what is already there so that it is reflective of your needs.

It might be worth keeping hold of a copy of the document so that you can bring it to further appointments in case the medical practitioner doesn’t remember the contents.

We have two versions – one has the Survivors’ Network information on it, and the other does not if you do not want to disclose your survivor status in your appointment.