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Health Services: Coventry

Health written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve health services for victims of sexual crimes in Coventry.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department is working with the Home Office to deliver the Response to Sexual Violence Programme. The aim is to set up more sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) in line with the Home Secretary's commitment to increasing provision to one per police force area. SARCs are intended to provide a holistic service for the victims of sexual assaults, including meeting the victim's clinical needs as well as a forensic examination, counselling and the opportunity to give evidence anonymously.

The Department has also announced £1.4 million for the National Support Team on Response to Sexual Violence, which will work in local areas to bring together experts from the health service, forensics services, the Crown Prosecution Service and the police to advise on meeting local needs.

Within the West Midlands area the police and local partners are working together to agree a strategic approach for providing sexual violence services.

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