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About the Havens
Until May 2000, when the first of the Havens was set up, medical care for people who had been raped or sexually assault in London was poor. There were very few female doctors with the training to carry out forensic examinations in the capital. It was extremely difficult for assault victims to get hold of emergency contraception and treatment and prevention of STIs for them was hit and miss. Availability of counselling and support was patchy at best.
This all changed with the introduction of the Haven Camberwell. Opened as part of the Department of Sexual Health at King’s College Hospital it covered 12 boroughs in south London. And its success was immediate and far reaching. In the first year alone 676 people were treated.
Such success could not be ignored and after extremely favourable evaluations by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and by the Metropolitan Police Authority, two further Havens were opened to cover other areas of London. Paddington and Whitechapel both opened its doors in 2004.