Funding will keep sex assault help centre safe until 2014

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

The SARC, which is known as Millfield House, was opened in November 2004 as a result of a joint initiative between Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Rape Crisis. It acts as a central unit to provide care and support for victims of sexual assaults. Victims of the crime, both male and female, can contact the SARC directly and then decide whether they make a formal complaint to the police or not.

The service will now be jointly funded and commissioned by Derbyshire Constabulary, 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.

“The overall aim of the SARC is to increase the confidence of victims by providing them with a high standard of care and support.”