Presentation on theme: "Briefing on New Service Model in Handling Adult Sexual Violence Cases 2007-02-14 Forensic Examination for Victims of Sexual Violence Dr SHUM Shui-fung,"— Presentation transcript:
Briefing on New Service Model in Handling Adult Sexual Violence Cases 2007-02-14 Forensic Examination for Victims of Sexual Violence Dr SHUM Shui-fung, Bobby Head of NT Division, Forensic Pathology Service, Department of Health
Forensic Pathology Service Department of Health Provides forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine services to government departments
Operate public mortuaries Attend scenes of crimes Clinical medico-legal examinations Consultation Court proceedings Forensic Pathology Service Scope of Service Sexual offences Serious Wounding Cases Child Abuse CAT (Convention Against Torture) Claimant Victims Suspects
Forensic Pathology Service 3/F, KW Regional Police HQ Argyle Street Tel 27612405 Kln Office
Sexual Offence Rape, attempted rape Indecent assault Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 13/16 Unlawful sexual intercourse with mentally defective Buggery…
Rape Cap 200 Crimes Ordinance: A man commits rape if- – (a) he has unlawful sexual intercourse with a woman who at the time of the intercourse does not consent to it; and – (b) at that time he knows that she does not consent to the intercourse or he is reckless as to whether she consents to it
Forensic Examination of Victims of Sexual Violence Evidence (physical / laboratory) – Sexual intercourse injury to private parts presence of semen – Non-consensual pattern of injuries toxicological examination
Forensic Examination of Victims of Sexual Violence Medical treatment must take priority SAFETY OF VICTIM COMES FIRST!!
Forensic Specimens Oral swab: up to 1 day (usually few hours Drugs and alcohol: – blood up to 4 days (usually half-day) – urine up to 7 days Rectal swab: 3 days (usually 1 day) Vaginal swab: up to 7 days (usually < 72 hours) Skin swab: before washing Dry material (panties): before washing
Arrangement - Availability Through police Office hours (~ 9-5): offices of respective regions – HKI (PHQ) Tel 28602466 – K (KWRPHQ) Tel 27612405 – NT (NTNPHQ) Tel 26664224 Outside Office (after 5, public holidays: Forensic pathologist on-call)
Arrangement - Place Hospitals (A&ED, Wards - if indicated e.g. admitted/for joint examination) Rain Lily CAIU Examination Suites (child, vulnerable victims) Forensic Pathologists’ Offices (if mobile, esp. cold cases)
Forensic Evidence & FP’s role Factual evidence v Expert evidence Impartial, for court and justice, not for either side Non-judgmental (we are not jurors) Objective, disinterested, independent, uninfluenced Opinion: scientific method applied on available data Limited to field of expertise
Further Reading Available for free download at WHO > WHO sites > Injuries and Violence Prevention > Publications > Violence publications WHOWHO sites Injuries and Violence PreventionPublicationsViolence publications http://www.who.int/violenc e_injury_prevention/public ations/violence/med_leg_g uidelines/en/index.html
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