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Board supports new Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland


The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) welcomes the Rowan – a new Regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Northern Ireland.

The purpose-built centre will provide child and adult victims with care in the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, rape or childhood sexual abuse. The centre will provide an open access service for victims’ male or female who either reside in Northern Ireland or where the offence has been committed in Northern Ireland.

Led by a multi-disciplinary staff team, victims will receive confidential, emotional and practical support in a safe and secure environment from a specialist team. The team will work in close co-ordination with the PSNI and other healthcare professionals, to help a victim make decisions about what to do next.

The SARC will:

bullet list Assist the investigative process if s/he wishes to pursue a criminal justice outcome
bullet list Support a victim through the crisis and follow up
bullet list Provide access to wider support and advocacy services.

Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care at the HSCB said: “I welcome the opening of the Rowan, which will provide a high standard of care for those who need it most. Each victim and their family will be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve at a time of crisis such as this.”