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Assessing the sexual violence services currently provided in genitourinary medicine clinics
  1. Carol Ruth Emerson1,
  2. Rachel Sacks2
  1. 1 Department of GUM Level 3OPD, Belfast Trust, Belfast, UK
  2. 2 Department of GUM, Jefferiss Wing, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carol Ruth Emerson, GUM Level 3OPD, Belfast Trust, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6AB, UK; carol.emerson{at}

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Patients attending genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics may disclose sexual violence (SV), including sexual assault (SA), domestic violence (DV), sexual trafficking, sex work (SW) and female genital mutilation (FGM). A BASHH survey in 2002 found deficiencies in GUM services for patients reporting SA.1 BASHH has SA guidelines but not for SV in other situations. Are GUM clinics providing services for these patients?

A cross-sectional anonymous, national e-survey was carried out by the BASHH SV group to assess services currently available in UK GUM clinics for anyone disclosing SV. The survey was open …

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  • Contributors CRE designed and created the survey, collected and analysed the data and wrote the letter. She acts as guarantor for this piece of work. RS helped with the design and planning of the survey and critically reviewed the submission.

  • Competing interests None.

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