Sexual Violence Referral Centres – Policy Paper

24.02.2016 / 23:18 / Gender Equality

Almost 28.5% of women (3 million women) in Romania are victims of physical and/or sexual violence throughout their lives, and 6% of women (600,000 women) fall victim to sexual violence. Thus, sexual violence constitutes a matter of national public health which requires urgent action. Moreover, sexual violence is one of the least reported and sanctioned crimes. […] In Romania, social services for victims of domestic violence and sexual violence are profoundly underdeveloped and fall significantly behind the European average, in that, for instance, there is no national helpline for victims of sexual violence and 71% of necessary shelter places for women are missing, according to the European standards which recommend one shelter place for 10,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, Romania lacks emergency sexual assault referral centres or specialized units within the emergency hospitals.

Consequently, to provide victims of sexual violence with immediate, coordinated and integrated services, the establishment of sexual violence referral centres is imperative. These centres would provide the following services: emergency medical care, forensic assistance, psychological assistance, legal support, as well as information and referral of victims to medium- and long-term assistance services.”

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Shortcomings in Romanian Policies and Legislation Addressing Sexual Violence: Sexual Violence Referral Centres as Best Practice is a policy paper pertaining to the campaign Breaking The Silence against Sexual Violence, created by a coalition of NGOs and coordinated by ACTEDO, between July 2015 and April 2016.

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