Sexual Assault

Worthwhile Read: Strengthening the Medico-Legal Response to Sexual Violence

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WHO has just released their new toolkit, Strengthening the Medico-Legal Response to Sexual Violence (PDF). This is a multidisciplinary guide to the comprehensive response, and is “designed to be used by people working in health‚ social services‚ forensic medicine and lab services‚ police‚ the legal system (including judges and lawyers)‚ and those coordinating these sectors.

From the Background:

Medico-legal evidence is at the intersection of medical and justice processes and appropriate implementation requires coordination between the range of actors and sectors involved in prevention of, and response to, sexual violence; these include health services, social services, forensic medicine, forensic lab services, police/investigation, and the legal system, including lawyers and judges.

This toolkit is practitioner focused and addresses key knowledge gaps within and between sectors, to help support service provision and coordination in low-resource settings {ed: emphasis added}. It is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Project on Strengthening Medico-Legal Services for Sexual Violence Cases in Conflict-Affected Settings, supported by United Nations Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).