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.
The destruction of intimacy; sexual violence by intimate partners
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.
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.
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.
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.
HMIC and HMCPSI (2002)
Home Office (2007)
A short briefing giving an overview of SARCS.
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.
Home Office (2006)
Details how local partnerships should be addressing sexual violence.
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.
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.
Gives an overview of statistics, resources and support for survivors who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence from a partner.
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.
Connections Newsletter: intimate partner sexual violence
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2008)
This article features in a biannual newsletter and contains articles on the differences and similarities between intimate partner sexual violence and other forms, as well as providing a tool to assess sexual assault within a domestic violence context.