Key findings of the review include:
Victim-survivor-centred, integrated programmes, such as one-stop-shops
and wrap-around service models, are perceived as best practice in
responding to victims-survivors of sexual violence. These models enable
victims-survivors to access a range of services and support at one
location, including medical care, legal advice, counselling and advocacy,
thus increasing access to justice and helping to reduce re-victimisation.
Strong relationships, collaboration and communication between medical
and legal services, police, counsellors, advocates and other support
services can help better support victims-survivors throughout the justice
process and ensure victims-survivors get access to the services and
support they need
It is more challenging to implement multi-agency, wrap-around support
programme because they are resource intensive and more expensive to
run than stand-alone services. Furthermore, insufficient resources,
including staff and services, can create a rural-urban divide.
Victims-survivors feel more confident to participate in and cope with the
challenging nature of the CJS when they have ongoing access to a
qualified and/or specially trained sexual violence advisor/advocate, who
can provide personalised and holistic support and advice throughout.