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Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)


Across the UK, the current provision for the overwhelming majority of adult and child victims of sexual violence consists of a disparate ‘service’ provided by Police, NHS and the voluntary sector. In light of this, a new Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is being developed within Cardiff.

Aims of Project

The objectives of this initiative are to strengthen arrangements between statutory and voluntary partners working with victims of sexual violence to ensure that efforts are not duplicated and that limited resources are maximised and targeted to support victims and reduce sexual offending in the community. This research explores the rationale, scope and limitations of the Cardiff SARC, as well as other aspects of its implementation and delivery, from the perspective of key individuals engaged with the centre. In addition, a strong focus of the research will be to document the experiences of those delivering the service as well as the experiences of the service users (victims of sexual assault).


This three-year study has been funded by the South Wales Local Criminal Justice Board. The research team includes Amanda Robinson (SOCSI), Kirsty Hudson (SOCSI) and Fiona Brookman (Univ. of Glamorgan).


3 Years

Additional Information

The following report is available to download

An interim report has also been published in The Howard Journal

Robinson, A., Hudson, K. and Brookman, F. (2008) Multi-Agency Work on Sexual Violence: Challenges and Prospects Identified From the Implementation of A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) The Howard Journal 47 (4):  411–428