Country Antigua and Barbuda
Year 2017
Type of Measure Coordinated and or Integrated service delivery > Referral services
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The Support and Referral Centre (SARC) was launched as a result of the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls (2015-2018), with support from UNTF and UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) and the Caribbean. Through  the  introduction of the SARC, standard operation procedures, along with a number of policies and  protocols  have  been  written  to  ensure  coordination  between  actors  to  provide  services  to  survivors of Gender-Based Sexual Violence (GBSV). This is inclusive of providing  legal, medical, and  psychosocial  services  to victims  of GBSV and their immediate families, from one location. If requested, victims are able to receive a complete medical forensic examination from a District Doctor after a report of GBSV is made to the SARC or the Police. A shower, dignity kits, and clothing are available in case the victim would  like to clean up after the medical examination. Dignity kits contain various hygiene and sanitary products,  such  as  toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, towel, lotion, and sanitary napkins. 

Source of Information

Antigua and Barbuda's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.19 and p.39