7.9 B. Guidance and Resources


Rape Crisis National Service Standards summary information for partners, funders and commissioners

Rape Crisis (2012)

The Rape Crisis National Service Standards (RCNSS) represent a joint collaboration between Rape Crisis (England & Wales) and Rape Crisis Scotland. Our aim is to ensure that no matter where in the UK a survivor lives, she will receive a consistent and high quality response from any Rape Crisis Centre she approaches for support.

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The destruction of intimacy; sexual violence by intimate partners

AVA (2010)

The focus of this article is on female victims of sexual violence in heterosexual relationships.

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Revised national service guide: a resource for developing sexual assault referral centres

Published jointly by the Department of Health, Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (2009)

This guide replaces the National Services Guidelines for Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and Getting Started. It highlights the minimum elements essential for providing high-quality SARCs for victims of sexual violence and sexual abuse, including forensic medical examination.

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Why we need Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Referral Centres

End Violence Against Women, Rape Crisis (England & Wales), the Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) and Fawcett Society (2008)

Briefing detailing why both Rape Crisis Centres and SARCs are vital for victims and for the delivery of policy targets.

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Sexual Violence and Rape Crisis

New Statesman (2008)

A number of articles on the issue of sexual violence which formed a campaign by the New Statesman to raise awareness about the dearth of funding available for rape crisis centres.

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SARC ‘Getting Started’ Guide

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Rape Working Group

This paper provides advice and guidance on developing a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). It details the background and history of SARCs and gives guidance on the different concepts.

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This paper should be read in conjunction with the joint HMCPSI/HMIC thematic report:

Without Consent: a report on the joint review of the investigation and prosecution of rape offences

HMIC and HMCPSI (2007)

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SARCs: benefits to victims, the police, and health services

Home Office (2007)

A short briefing giving an overview of SARCS.

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Sexual Violence and Abuse Action Plan

Home Office (2007)

Outlines the government’s commitments to addressing sexual violence which includes expanding SARCs and evaluating the role of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors.

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Guidance for local partnerships in tackling sexual violence

Home Office (2006)

Details how local partnerships should be addressing sexual violence.

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Domestic and Sexual Violence: the law in a nutshell

Kaur, R. and Hosali, S. (2007)

Produced for the London Domestic Violence Forum by Rights of Women, this briefing gives and overview of the legislation relevant to addressing sexual violence.

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What Works in Avoiding Rape and Sexual Assault?

Da Silva, C. et al. (2003)

This document offers access to research and ideas which challenge the perception that resistance is a dangerous strategy, explores studies on self-defence and offers guidelines for safety advice and prevention campaigns which may avoid some of the traps that previous police interventions have fallen into, especially where the information only targets women as potential victims, and relies entirely on suggesting that they curtail normal activities.

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Sexual Violence

Women’s Aid

Gives an overview of statistics, resources and support for survivors who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence from a partner.

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What Is Self-Defense Training For Women?

London Centre for Personal Safety

While recognising that women are not responsible for the violence they suffer, self-defence training gives women effective choices for responding to the threat of violence in time, as individuals or in groups.

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