Forensic Nursing: an option for improving responses to reported rape and sexual assault

January 1, 2004

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Home Office Development and Practice Report 31.

The aim of this document is to provide concise guidance for a range professionals who have a role in commissioning,
organising or directly providing forensic examinations for those who have reported a rape or sexual assault. The
report, which is based upon research findings, concludes that forensic nursing can provide a cost-effective option to:
address delays in the provision of forensic examinations; increase the availability of female forensic examiners; and
also has potential to enhance professional standards.

Available from: the Home Office. Email:publications.rds@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Also available to view at the Home Office website.

See Project: Forensic Nurse pilot at the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre

  • Authors:
    Linda Regan, Jo Lovett, Liz Kelly