Analysis of responses to the Scottish Governments consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.
On the 15th February 2019, the Scottish Government opened a consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services (FMS) for victims of sexual crime. For these victims, forensic medical services may play a significant role in the healthcare response and deliver an essential part of the evidence base within the justice system.
The consultation received 53 responses from 18 individuals and 35 organisations. It contained questions on health board functions, the framework for handling samples, data and other evidence from police and self-referrals, safeguarding victims’ rights, provisions for children and young people; and views on any potential impacts of the proposals put forward.