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Rape: Victim Support Schemes

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what meetings she has held with ministerial colleagues to discuss the possible closure of rape crisis centres. (157119)

This is an issue which I take very seriously and which I am discussing with other Ministers.

This Government are committed to putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. The cross-Government sexual violence and abuse action plan which we published earlier this year sets out our commitment to supporting victims of sexual assault. We have increased the capacity and stability in support services for victims by extending the network of sexual assault referral centres, with the intention of 30 being in place by the end of this financial year. There has also been significant investment in the specialist voluntary sector, including rape crisis centres. That includes an increase in the funding made available this year.