Multidisciplnary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for Better Health (MESARCH)

As part of the Multidisciplnary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for Better Health (MESARCH) Dr. Emma Sleath is leading a work package comprising a national mapping of SARCS and in-depth case analyses about the work that SARCs do, experiences of staff and other stakeholders, and the role of SARCs in with the wider context of the community response to sexual violence.

This work stream is concerned with different models of service delivery and the range of interventions offered across SARC settings in England.  This work involves interviewing individuals who work in the inward (e.g., police) and onward (third sector) referral routes into and out of SARCs, as well as interviewing SARC workers and survivors who have used SARC services.  The evidence drawn from this work will seek to understand whether there is an optimum model of the way in which a SARC can work in providing a response to sexual violence.