BME Victims of Sexual Violence (2)

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How does the Mayor respond to a key finding from Imkaan's recent report regarding the support available to BME victims of sexual violence - that frontline specialists including rape crisis centres and BME women's organisations state themselves that they do not have the capacity, resources or support from local commissioners and policymakers to develop effective and specialist responses to sexual violence. What can you do as Mayor to ensure that these concerns are addressed?


Answer for BME Victims of Sexual Violence (2)

Answer for BME Victims of Sexual Violence (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sexual violence services commissioned by Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) work to the direction of the refreshed VAWG strategy which was developed in partnership with the third sector, including key BME women's organisations.  A key aim of the strategy is ensuring that BME victims journeys are part of the development of successful services in this area. As such, officers at MOPAC are seeking a response to the report from providers.

MOPAC are also conducting a Harmful Practices pilot that seeks to address sexual violence that affects BME women within the context of wider forms of abuse such as FGM, Force Marriage, 'honour' based violence and faith based abuse. This work is monitored through the Harmful Practices Taskforce that will take forward key findings and recommends of the pilot, embedding an appropriate BME response to work going forward.