A problematic government guideline and a new service have resulted in police not referring rape victims to RainLily, a one-stop centre for victims of sexual violence, according to the concern group that runs RainLily. Sexual violence victims were also not being given new clothes to change into after a forensic examination under the new government-funded sexual violence programme. The revelations come three months after the government and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals began the 24-hour service to help victims of sexual violence, which RainLily fears is intended in part to replace its service, the city's only one-stop centre for victims of sexual violence. Linda Wong Sau-yung, executive director of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women, which runs RainLily, said guidelines issued in March to tie in with the new service had caused police to think no cases could be referred to RainLily. The revised guidelines instruct nurses and police officers to tell victims only of the service provided by Tung Wah and the department. And they are told not to advise victims about RainLily's service unless they specifically ask not to deal with a government social worker. Ms Wong said that in one case, a police officer had told a nurse cases could not be referred to RainLily. Medical staff were afraid to call the group, which had only received a couple of calls since March, she said. Hospital and police station referrals account for half of RainLily's cases. Ms Wong was worried that with the drop in the number of cases, the service might have to close. Legislators will discuss the problem in the Legislative Council welfare services panel meeting today. Ms Wong said that since the government service began, she had heard of many women being left nearly naked because they were not given fresh clothes after their own were taken for examination, just a 'hospital cover with no underpants'. 'The victims had to wait until the morning when stores are open so the social worker could go out to buy clothes and underpants for them,' she said. Women were also not being provided with shower facilities at the hospital despite victims being eager to wash after examination, Ms Wong said. A spokeswoman for the Social Welfare Department said it had 'no intention to replace RainLily'. 'As the guidelines have been agreed by professionals concerned and implemented only recently since this March, we do not see a need for any amendment at this stage,' the spokeswoman said. RainLily's service includes taking police statements, forensic examination and counselling, all done in comfortable rooms at the group's office. In late 2005, the Social Welfare Department was attacked in the Legco for not funding RainLily, which had run out of funds and faced closure. In March, the department gave the Tung Wah group, which had no experience in helping rape victims, a HK$20 million contract to run a three-year outreach service with department social workers for victims of sexual violence and elderly abuse.