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Sex assault centres to be opened
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The centres offer advice, counselling and treatment
Sexual assault victims will receive support and medical assistance at a series of new centres after a 600,000 investment by the Home Office.

The referral centres will be set up in Aylesbury, Barnsley, Bristol, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire and Nottingham and be open by April 2008.

The specialist centres are one-stop locations where victims can receive advice and medical attention.

Exeter, Norwich and Truro will also get cash to start work on centres.

There are currently 15 centres in England and Wales with a further six under development.

Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said: "Expanding the network of Sarcs across England and Wales means that victims of sexual assaults can receive immediate medical help and counselling.

"Victims also have the opportunity to participate in the forensic examination process - vital in many sexual assault prosecutions - or provide evidence anonymously."

A project in Portsmouth will get a 20,000 top-up grant.


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