97 women access The Rowan

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During its first year of operation, 97 females affected by sexual violence and sexual abuse have attended The Rowan, from the Northern Trust area.

86% of the total attendees to The Rowan in its first year have been women. Sexual abuse and sexual violence affects people across the age range and the Rowan has offered support and services to females from infants up to older females in their nineties. In total 446 females attended the Rowan, 173 were children and young people i.e. under 18 years of age.

The age range of females most frequently engaging with the service has been 18-25 year olds.

The centre also provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated package of care to promote recovery and wellbeing with follow-up support and a 24 hours advice and information line.

Karen Douglas, Service Manager for the Rowan, commented: “At the Rowan we understand the devastation sexual violence can have on the lives of individuals and families.

“We are pleased that those females who have accessed services have been helped by the care they received.

“By working together and keeping victims at the heart of the service, we can ensure they receive the best care possible and whatever support they may require to rebuild their lives.”