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Rape Crisis Centres

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress has been made on provision of emergency funding for rape crisis centres. (240281)

Nineteen rape crisis centres have been awarded grants from the second and final round of this special fund, to a total of nearly £706,000, ensuring that they have been able to remain open.

The Government continue to step up action to tackle rape and bring offenders to justice. The latest figures show that in 2006 there were nearly 800 convictions for rape, compared to just over 500 in 1997, an increase of over 45 per cent.