On Friday 2nd August SV2 were the proud hosts of Derbyshire’s new Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) launch.
The event was well received by those who attended which
included local MPs, stakeholders and other agencies.
The new facility, funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, has provided us with up-to-date forensic examination and support facilities for victims of sexual violence. It consists of three examination suites, including one with disabled access, giving victims a private and self-contained space.
The £913,147 investment also provides more space to meet with service users who are accessing other support services within SV2. There are five new rooms available for sessions with counsellors or Independent Sexual Violence Advisors. All rooms have been thoughtfully designed and furnished using advice from psychologists and other professionals.
On the day of the launch, Mr Dhindsa said:
“I’m very proud to unveil Derbyshire’s new SARC which
will deliver vital assistance and support to victims of rape and sexual assault
in the county.
“Victims who receive prompt specialist help have a much
higher chance of recovery and it is vital we deliver services with the highest
sensitivity in mind to increase trust and confidence in the judicial process
and encourage many more victims to come forward.
“I’m immensely grateful to all our partners who have
helped develop this fantastic new resource and have inputted their vast
knowledge and experience into the premises’ design.
“We continue to build on all our provision to ensure the emotional and practical needs of victims are met and I’m positive this new facility will help us make a difference to vulnerable people who deserve the highest care and attention.”
Our chief executive, Sally Goodwin, added:
“We feel very proud and privileged to have been able to
work with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Derbyshire Constabulary from
concept to completion of the new SARC to ensure that it not only meets the
required forensic standards moving forward but that it also provides a
welcoming, safe and professional space for those people accessing it.
“This new facility will significantly improve the experience of vulnerable victims and survivors at a time when they need it most. This investment is a clear indication by the PCC and the Force of their commitment to supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse across Derbyshire.”
‘A calming, well planned facility providing sensitive support in times of most stressful situations.’
Feedback was extremely positive when showing visitors around
the new premises. SV2 currently has over 800 people in Derbyshire accessing
support and we believe these new facilities will greatly benefit victims in our
‘The facility is AMAZING and the team you have there are great.’