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Multi-agency work on sexual violence: challenges and prospects identified from the implemenation of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Robinson, Amanda L., Hudson, Kirsty Joanne and Brookman, Fiona 2008. Multi-agency work on sexual violence: challenges and prospects identified from the implemenation of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 47 (4) , pp. 411-428. 10.1111/j.1468-2311.2008.00531.x

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Abstract

The current policy climate in Britain requires that agencies work together to improve their performance and provide a better service to clients. This is especially apparent in recent initiatives designed to improve the services afforded to victims of crime. Whilst there is an established literature dealing with both the potential benefits of, and challenges posed by, multi-agency work (for example, Crawford 1997; Hughes 2007; Maguire 2004; Pearson et al. 1992; Taylor 2003), the unique issues arising from multi-agency partnerships dealing with sexual violence have received less attention, even though the interface of criminal justice and health is a relatively new and unusual phenomenon warranting scrutiny. For the current study, interviews with professionals working together to develop a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) were conducted to address this gap. Positive aspects of multi-agency work identified by the respondents included: a shared concern over the poor quality of existing arrangements; a shared vision for a better response to victims; sharing a broader view of the victim; and having experience with, and commitment to, multi-agency work. Continuing challenges were noted as: sustained multi-agency participation; diverse agency cultures; competing agendas and priorities across agencies and systems; funding and staffing issues; and future responsibility for, and ownership of, the SARC. Implications of the research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-agency work; victims; sexual assault; sexual violence; SARC
Publisher: Howard League
ISSN: 0265-5527
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19307

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