Women’s Aid responds to the government’s end to end review of the Criminal Justice System Response to Rape
The government’s end to end review of the Criminal Justice System Response to Rape has uncovered inconsistent and inadequate provision of support for victims of rape and sexual assault across the country.
On 12th May, the government will announce Rape Crisis England and Wales as the chosen Grant Recipient for a 24/7 Sexual Violence Support Service to victims and survivors in England and Wales.
Isabelle Younane, Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said:
“It is a scandal that survivors of rape and sexual assault cannot have confidence in the support they receive. This postcode lottery must end and we welcome the government’s efforts to ensure all survivors are given the lifesaving support they need.
“The decision to roll-out a 24/7 Sexual Violence Support Service is a huge step in the right direction, and we are pleased that our colleagues at Rape Crisis will be delivering on this important initiative. We hope that this helpline will make progress in providing adequate support, but also send a strong message to women that they will be heard, they will be believed, and they will be helped.
“Women’s Aid looks forward to continuing our work with decision-makers to bring about the day when all women and children are safe.”