Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New measures to support victims of sexual assault

New measures to support victims of sexual assault

From the UK:

New measures to improve the investigation and prosecution of rape and to provide support to victims were announced today by Home Office Minister, Vernon Coaker.

The new measures follow discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) (new window) to ensure the best possible support for victims of rape. The measures include:

  • Up to £1.8 million of new funding for Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs)
  • Helping every police force to ensure that all victims are seen by a specially trained officer within an hour of reporting
  • Training for police officers on what do when a rape is first reported
  • New National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) (new window) ‘best practice’ guidance for the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) (new window) on investigating and prosecuting rape to be published this summer and the provision of an expert support team to ensure consistent implementation
  • A Rape Performance Group, led by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) (new window) and the CPS to monitor police and CPS performance on rape and undertake continuous assessments of performance
  • An investigation into how the best practice guidance has been implemented by the HMIC in 2010
  • Ensuring that the police involve specialist sexual violence voluntary sector services in delivering training programmes on rape for the police
  • Specific rape sessions as part of the Violence Against Women and Girls consultation programme.

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