Journal article

The identification and treatment of mental health and substance misuse problems in sexual assault services: A systematic review.

Theodora Stefanidou, Elizabeth Hughes, Katherine Kester, Amanda Edmondson, Rabiya Majeed-Ariss, Christine Smith, Steven Ariss, Charlie Brooker, Gail Gilchrist, Sarah Kendal, Mike Lucock, Fay Maxted, Concetta Perot, Rebekah Shallcross, Kylee Trevillion, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans

PLoS One | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Specialist sexual assault services, which collect forensic evidence and offer holistic healthcare to people following sexual assault, have been established internationally. In England, these services are called sexual assault referral centres (SARCs). Mental health and substance misuse problems are common among SARC attendees, but little is known about how SARCs should address these needs. This review aims to seek and synthesise evidence regarding approaches to identification and support for mental health and substance misuse problems in SARCs and corresponding services internationally; empirical evidence regarding effective service models; and stakeholders' views and policy reco..

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