Victims of sexual assault will be supported with the launch of a new initiative.
The initiative has been led by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes in conjunction with NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Clinical Director Children and Families Dr Neela Shabde, NHS England, Cumbria Constabulary and Cumbria County Council.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “The support available to victims of sexual assault was inconsistent with agencies delivering different aspects individually.
“Victims were having to travel outside the County to access a Sexual Assault Referral Centre which provides the forensic assessment and other support including counselling and health care was often dis-jointed or not provided at all.
“Since the review a significant amount of work has taken place and I am pleased to be launching the multi-agency Victims of Assault and Sexual Crime Initiative.
“We are going to deliver the vision by establishing dedicated multi-agency support to victims of sexual violence from children, young people to adults.
“The aim is to establish a Sexual Assault Referral Centre during 2015 that will co-ordinate the health and emotional support for victims of serious sexual assault in the county.
“Improved services for victims will encourage more people to come forward and report these crimes.
“It is only by all agencies working together that we will make a difference.”