Sexual assault centre is safe

The future of Derbyshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has been secured until March 2014 thanks to a multi-agency commissioning group.

SARC, which is known as Millfield House, opened in November 2004 as a result of a joint initiative between Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Rape Crisis.

The servicewill now be jointly funded and commissioned by the police, NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County, and also Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

The service is provided by Derbyshire Rape Crisis.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Goacher said: “The SARC is an invaluable asset for the county and victims of sexual offences.

Victims of crime, both male and female, can contact the SARC directly and then decide whether they make a formal complaint to the police or not. At the SARC, victims can provide forensic evidence soon after an incident, and this can be securely stored and used by the police to assist a prosecution if the complainant decides to proceed.