Women’s experiences of attending an English sexual assault referral centre: an exploratory study

Tammi Walker, Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, Rebecca Riley, Catherine White

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Abstract

The UK has one of the lowest conviction rates for sexual assaults in Europe, with only 7% resulting in conviction. In response to this a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) model of integrated care was introduced in 2001. To date, there is limited research examining SARC services and support accessed. To address this gap, seven female sexual assault clients were interviewed. Findings suggest the SARC is a safe haven that provides independent support. However, accounts about the role of support workers varied. The study, while exploratory, highlights the need for further discussion and research on SARC care and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Early online date24 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2019

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