Rape victims referred to Havens

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0141
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

There have been press reports that there has been a decline in the number of rape victims referred to Havens by the police and of the number of forensic examinations performed on rape victims at Havens; which provide support to victims and help criminal investigations. Given that allegations of rapes made to the police have increased will you work with the Havens to increase the number of referrals?

Answer

Answer for Rape victims referred to Havens

Answer for Rape victims referred to Havens

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the financial year to date, there has been an 8% increase in police referrals to the Havens. It is not possible from current systems to identify how many result in forensic examinations but work is underway that will enable this in future.

The MPS is working with key partners such as the NHS, who jointly commission Haven services, to continue to increase referrals in the future.