1. New Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) National Guidelines published

The needs of survivors of sexual violence to be met under new guidelines -

Dr Maeve Eogan, Medical Director of Rotunda SATU and National SATU Services, recently launched the 3rd edition of the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit National Guidelines which is available at www.hse.ie/satuguidelines

Anyone who has experienced sexual violence has a range of needs which require the services of a variety of different professionals and agencies. In 2013, 677 females and males accessed one of the 6 SATUs around the country after experiencing sexual violence. 

Personnel from Medicine and Nursing/Midwifery from the SATUs, An Garda Síochána, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Infectious Diseases, General Practice, and Forensic Science Ireland have come together to develop the 3rd  Edition of Recent Rape/Sexual Assault: National Guidelines on Referral and Forensic Clinical Examination in Ireland.  The interagency nature of these guidelines serves to facilitate consistent provision of high quality services, regardless of the circumstances of the assault or the victim’s involvement with criminal justice agencies.  

Dr Maeve Eogan, said ‘The third edition of these interagency guidelines reflects developments in terms of the interagency response to sexual violence. As well as highlighting service developments, for example providing guidance for care of patients who are uncertain whether or not they wish to report an incident to An Garda Síochána, these Guidelines also enumerate a suite of key Performance Indicators to monitor and assess service provision. These Guidelines also provide an opportunity for us to highlight the Mission, Vision and Philosophy of the SATU services. These initiatives are the result of collaboration between all the services involved in providing this care, and ensure that multidisciplinary guidance is available to enable provision of a responsive service, to reduce the long-term physical and psychological effects of sexual violence.’

Please note that option 3 referred to in the introduction to the Guidelines, which will allow for the collection and preservation of evidentially valuable forensic samples, in circumstances where the person has yet to decide to report to An Garda Síochána, is not operational as yet.