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

Closes 8 May 2019

Opened 15 Feb 2019

Overview

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

Amongst other things the consultation invites 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 will run for 12 weeks and fulfils 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

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 is 8 May 2019, after which results will be carefully considered and a full analysis of responses published accordingly. 

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

Read the consultation paper.

Give us your views

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Health and Social Care