Supporting sexual assault and rape victims

  • 22 May 2013 17:10
New services for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted have been unveiled today after G4S was appointed to manage two Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the West Midlands
G4S, SARC

For the first time, victims of rape of sexual assault in the region will be able to access support services without reporting to the police first.  Specially trained G4S crisis workers have also been introduced to support people from when they first arrive at the centres, helping them through the medical assessments and providing advice on their options and follow up services available. 

The centres, in Walsall and Castle Vale, are accessible 24 hours a day and people will be able to come forward via an online form and telephone helpline.    

Gary Green, G4S managing director of Forensic Medical Services, said:

“G4S has been providing these kinds of medical services in the UK since 2005 and we are pleased to have been appointed to deliver this service in the West Midlands. 

“G4S has worked with the NHS and police to create a service which delivers the very highest standards of care, while helping the police to protect the evidence they may need later to secure a conviction.  Our dedicated and professional crisis workers are absolutely committed to looking after the needs of the victim and for the first time in the West Midlands people who come forward to report rape and sexual assaults will have a specially trained advocate focussed solely on their welfare.”

The services, which were previously led by police, have been commissioned by the Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country NHS Team and the contract with G4S runs for three years.  

Wendy Saviour, Area Director for Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country Area Team said:

“We are very pleased to be working with G4S to be able to provide people who have experienced a sexual assault with easy access to high quality care.  For the first time people will be able to contact the service directly, through a dedicated website or phone number, with no need for a referral from the police.

“The centre will offer access to physical and emotional care for victims of sexual assault, working together with a range of local specialist organisations. This is a great example of how the NHS in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country has worked with our partner organisations to design a service that best meets the needs of our patients.”

The services can be accessed: online: www.horizonsarc.org.uk, telephone: 0808 168 5698 (24/7 number, which can be also be contacted by friends and families of victims) Email: enquiries@horizonsarc.org.uk

^