Rape crisis centres

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Reference: 
2019/8835
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What are the current waiting times for rape victims receiving counselling services from London’s four rape crisis centres?  Is any assessment of waiting times undertaken in terms of the funding arrangements for these centres?

Answers

Answer for Rape crisis centres
Rape crisis centres

Rape crisis centres

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2018 London’s four Rape Crisis Centres were recording an average waiting time of 8 months for women to access counselling, this cannot continue which is why I am increasing the investment in these essential services.

Consultation has taken place between MOPAC and the four London Rape Crisis Centres to address issues with access to services and waiting times. As a result, an additional £1.26million has been allocated from my new VAWG fund and Ministry of Justice devolved sexual violence funding across two financial years to improve access to support and reduce waiting times.

Please see https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mo...