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This cross-government Victims Strategy sets out a criminal justice system-wide response to improving the support offered to victims of crime and incorporates actions from all criminal justice agencies, including the police, Criminal Prosecution Service and courts.
This strategy builds on the good progress the Government has made over the past few years to ensure victims have the right help in the aftermath of a crime and are properly supported in the process of seeing justice delivered.
The Government’s vision is for a justice system that supports even more victims to speak up by giving them the certainty that they will be understood, that they will be protected, and that they will be supported throughout their journey, regardless of their circumstances or background.
Charlie Brooker | Health and Justice, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Sheila Paul | Thames Valley Sexual Assault Service, UK
Coral Sirdifield | Community and Health Research Unit, University of Lincoln, UK
ABSTRACT: A national survey of Forensic Physicians (FPs) working in Sexual Assault Referral Centres was undertaken. The survey was advertised in the weekly bulletin sent out by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Response was relatively low (n = 45). It is estimated that this figure represents about 12% of the workforce. The aim of the survey was to investigate FPs experience of accessing mental health pathways out of a SARC for complainants of all ages. The results concurred with a previous survey of SARC clinical managers with mental health services proving unresponsive. Informed co-commissioning between NHS England and Clinical Commissioning groups can only improve if aspects of complainant’s mental health are routinely assessed within SARCs using structured outcome measures. Structured outcomes should be integrated into NHS England’s Sexual Assault Referral Centres Indicators of Performance (SARCIP).
This strategic document outlines how services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in all settings of the health and care system, need to evolve between now and 2023. It sets out six core priorities that NHS England will focus on to reduce inequalities experienced.
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Patient Focused! is a 3-day course accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photography. Students who pass the assessment on Day 3 will be eligible to apply for licentiate membership of British Institute of Professional Photography which awards the “LBIPP” post-nominal.
Each Patient Focused! course is conducted by experienced photographers and doctors. The course attracts 18 CPD points via the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in London and are approximately 50% theory and 50% practical. Patient Focused! courses cover ethical and legal issues such as consent, confidentiality, data protection and GMC guidelines.
Patient Focused! provides all equipment. Using Nikon D3400 SLR cameras with the settings in “manual”. Make-up artists reproduce injuries such as erythema, bruises, scars and abrasions by using fake blood, skin wax and make-up: candidates practise on each other for this!
There is a maximum of 12 students per course with much of the practical work involving pairing-up to help with learning. If you require a bespoke training course at a specific venue and date, Patient Focused! will be happy to discuss this: please contact Patient Focused! at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
NB: Special offer of £450 per course from 1st March 2018.
Assessment of the mental health status of a one year cohort attending a two Sexual Assault Referral Centres in England
ABSTRACT: A one year audit was undertaken of the mental health (MH) status of adult attendees to the Thames Valley Sexual Assault Centres (SARC). There were 301 relevant referrals over the twelve month period of whom 126 (42%) either fully or partially completed the mental health assessments. 38% (n = 66) of the population did not consent to the research. Participation in the study was felt inappropriate by the case clinician in the rest of the cases. To summarise the findings: 36% were moderately or severely depressed; 30% experienced moderate to severe anxiety; 28% were drinking at hazardous/harmful levels; and 12% had a drug problem that was moderate to severe. Self-harm affected 45% of the sample with the greater majority cutting themselves and self-harming before the age of 17. Admission to a psychiatric in-patient unit was not uncommon and 19% had been admitted an average of three times each. The figure of 19% admitted to a psychiatric hospital is 90 times higher than for the general female population. 42% of the total sample were being prescribed medication for their mental health problem. The paper concludes that: there should be agreement nationally on the use of a standardised set of mental health outcome measures which are used in all assessments; there should be a move towards the com- missioning of expert psychological support that is offered in a SARC and the pathways for specialist mental health care out of the SARCs. Finally, forensic physicians and general practitioners needs a greater awareness of the mental health sequalae of sexual assault and they then need to make prompt referrals to the appropriate services.
All is not lost is a campaign aimed at helping victims of rape to secure justice. It’s about the crime of rape. It’s about victims of rape. And it’s about perceptions.
Through a series of films, Leicestershire Police hope to highlight how best to support victims, by encouraging quick reporting of offences, by preserving evidence, and by challenging prejudice and misconception.
It’s also a campaign about change – the change in mindset that is required to challenge misconceptions, and to look beyond what we think we know.
Leicestershire Police‘s campaign begins with a film. It’s about a fictional rape, performed by professional actors and filmed on location in the East Midlands earlier this year. But while it is fictional, it is a scenario that many people will feel is all too horribly familiar.
It begins with the crime of rape and many people will find it uncomfortable viewing. It has been classified by the British Board of Film Classification as suitable for an 18 certificate, and carries that warning at the start of the film. Leicestershire Police hope the film raises important questions for us all and sparks a debate.
Leicestershire Police have posted more films online. These are films with real victims of rape and convey a number of different and important messages. None of these victims are identified – but all have wanted to take part in this campaign to help empower victims and encourage them to come forward.
Leicestershire Police have posted online the second part to their fictional film in the coming days – where they explore the events leading up to the crime through the perspective of other people. This second film has been classified as a 15 certificate and carries a suitable warning at the start.
The overriding message to victims of rape of this campaign is that all is not lost. The police are here to support you, to fully investigate the crime committed against you, and to help you to help us get justice.