Access to forensic sexual violence services
- South Australia
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
- 14 Deliver client-centred, trauma-informed, specialised and consistent support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
What are we doing?
The South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing is working to ensure expanded access to forensic services across South Australia.
What have we achieved so far?
Forensic services are now available 24 hours in metropolitan Adelaide. The main regional hospitals in Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Berri and Mt Gambier have local nurses or doctors trained and supported by Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service (SA Health) to provide sexual assault examinations and collect forensic evidence, If necessary, regional consumers can be provided a forensic service by Yarrow Place in Adelaide. What is next?
The South Australian Government will continue to explore improved access to forensic services in non-metropolitan regions of South Australia.
What difference will we make?
Appropriate, supportive and timely forensic services are required to expedite criminal proceedings against perpetrators of sexual violence. The South Australian Government is working to ensure forensic processes are available across South Australia.