As a part of the Fourth Basic Plan, the Cabinet Office set out a program for the establishment of one-stop support centers for victims of sexual crimes and sexual violence, which would serve as a specialized consultation service for sex crime victims and provide appropriate support as necessary, such as offering physical and psychological treatment by a doctor and accompanying victims to the police. While the Plan sets the target of establishing at least one the one-stop support center for victims of sexual crimes and sexual violence in every prefecture by 2020, the target was achieved earlier than planned as the centers were established in all prefectures by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. For stable administration and improvement of the quality of the centers, a budget to enhance initiatives that takes into account the state of affairs at each local government by effectively utilizing local social resources and collaborating with relevant institutions and organizations has been requested for FY2020. Such initiatives include offering the service around the clock, establishing hub hospitals and developing and securing human resources with high levels of expertise.
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