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Visual Evidence for Victims

Address details
Organisation RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project)
Address PO Box 9558
B4 7QE
Contact details
Phone 0121 643 0301
Opening hours Office open 9am – 5pm weekdays
Accessibility details Fully accessible

If sexual violence or abuse has caused you physical injury (such as bruising, cuts, scratches, swelling or pulled out hair), photographs can be very useful evidence. If you feel you’re not ready to go to the police, we can photograph your injuries. If and when you are ready to report the crime, you can use these photographs as evidence. Photographs can also be used for supporting a claim for criminal injuries compensation.
These photographs are stored securely, for a maximum of 6 years.
We have members of staff who are trained to use the VEV approved cameras and make records, which could later be used in court. Our staff will:
• Not tell anyone else that we have taken photographs
• Be sensitive
• Treat you with dignity and understanding
• Understand that injuries may be of an intimate nature
• Take only the necessary photographs
• Take photographs only with your consent
• Let you decide when and if the photographs are to be used in legal/civil proceedings
• Let you decide when the photographs are destroyed (NB. photos are only held for a maximum of 6 years)
• Safeguard and secure all photographs
Please note that photographs can also be taken in cases of domestic violence, hate crimes and property crimes.

Service details
Categories Support for victims
Staff Qualifications 1 Degree or Diploma in counselling or final year of working towards degree/diploma 2 National Service Standards – Specialist Sexual Abuse 3 PQASSO
Gender both
Quality standards
  • Staff are suitably qualified

Last updated: Dec 17, 2018 10:50

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