HRH The Princess Royal performed the official opening of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Truro Health Park yesterday.
The SARC is the first of its kind for Cornwall and enables adult victims to be taken to a centre focussed on their needs. Crucially, it gathers and records evidence for use in prosecutions, either immediately or at a later date, as many victims in violent relationships can be subjected to years of abuse before deciding to report.
The Willow Centre based at Truro Health Park is the first such centre to be run by Victim Support. The Princess Royal is the charity’s patron and visited the SARC yesterday to mark its official opening and unveil a plaque to be mounted in the centre.
Also present were the Mayor of Truro, SARC Manager Sharon Minty and MP Sarah Newton.