£8.5 mil­lion to im­prove ser­vices for sex crime vic­tims

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is set to spend £8.5 mil­lion to im­prove foren­sic med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and other health ser­vices for vic­tims of rape and sex­ual as­sault.

This fi­nan­cial year, £2.5 mil­lion will go to­wards re­cruit­ing staff, pro­vid­ing train­ing and build­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The re­main­ing £6 mil­lion will be split equally be­tween 2019-20 and 2020-21.

It will help en­sure stan­dards in­tro­duced last year – in­clud­ing stop­ping vic­tims hav­ing foren­sic med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in po­lice sta­tions – are im­ple­mented.

Rape Cri­sis Scot­land said the changes were “wel­come but long over­due” and said Scot­land still has a long way to go to achieve a na­tion­wide min­i­mum stan­dard.

The cash will sup­port the work of the gov­ern­ment’s Rape and Sex­ual As­sault Vic­tims Task­force, set up last year fol­low­ing a crit­i­cal watch­dog re­port on the qual­ity and avail­abil­ity of foren­sic med­i­cal ser­vices for sex crime vic­tims.

A con­sul­ta­tion is un­der way on draft guide­lines on health­care for vic­tims.

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