Category: Support Services
Implement Date: 3 March 2009
Application: Custodial Operations
|2.||Allegations by an offender of assault (physical/verbal)|
|3.||Allegations by staff / visitors of assault (physical / verbal)|
|4.||Sexual assault / rape|
To ensure that all offenders, staff and visitors receive timely and appropriate medical attention in the event of assault within a corrective services facility.
Access to medical attention must be available and encouraged for all offenders, staff and visitors subject to assault within a corrective services facility.
If any person presents with an injury that is indicative of assault, it should be treated as an assault, whether the person states so or not, and the incident must be reported. Refer procedure - Incident Reporting.
Types of situations can be distinguished-
Upon notification of such incident the QH registered nurse should-
Reports should be forwarded to-
When staff or visitors declare an incident, the QH registered nurse should-
When an offender complains or notifies of a sexual assault the following must apply-
Follow-up investigations required for a female include-
Follow-up investigations required for a male include-
If an offender wishes to pursue legal redress, the collection of forensic specimens may be undertaken by the Government Medical Officer. This should be determined by the visiting doctor on a case-by-case basis.
Offenders must be made aware that pursuing legal redress may mean they will require protection for the remainder of their sentence (refer procedure - Protection). Forensic specimens may be taken and forwarded to the laboratory, pending a decision by the offender as to whether they will pursue charges.
Follow-up counselling must be arranged. The issue of ongoing safety of the offender needs to be discussed and may necessitate liaison with other corrective services officers.
If anal penetration has occurred, faecal softeners should be considered to avoid constipation.
For further information, refer procedure - Sexual Assault.
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