Equally Safe: A consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault

Closed 8 May 2019

Opened 15 Feb 2019

Overview

This consultation explored how legislation might improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.  It addressed recommendations made by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICS) to strengthen the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical services and sought views from health and justice organisations, medical professionals, the third sector and survivors. 

Amongst other things the consultation invited views on “self-referral”, where a victim chooses not to report the crime to police, or is undecided, but wishes to undergo a forensic examination and access healthcare.

The consultation ran for 12 weeks and fulfiled a commitment in the Programme for Government 2018-19 to consult on proposals to clarify in legislation issues around forensic medical services. 

Why We Are Consulting

We were consulting to reach out to health and justice organisations, medical professionals, the third sector and survivors to hear their  views on how new legislation might be brought forward to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.  

The closing date for responses to the consultation exercise passed on 8 May 2019. Results are being carefully considered and a full analysis of responses will be published accordingly. 

We intend to provide updates on the consultation via twitter channel @EquallySafeScot and using #EquallySafeFMS.

Read the consultation paper.

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Health and Social Care