Rape Crisis


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Violence                                              


The APPG on Sexual Violence is co-chaired by Sarah Champion MP and Rt Hon Maria Miller MP. It provides a forum for discussion within Parliament to raise awareness of sexual violence against women and girls, and particularly on how legislation, policy and practice relating to sexual violence is affecting survivors and specialist support services.


Rape Crisis England & Wales provides the Secretariat to this group and supports the group in an administrative and operational capacity.


Meetings of the APPG are open to the public through advanced registration. Please email appg@rapecrisis.org.uk to be registered on the mailing list or click on the link below.


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Forthcoming Meetings


The Funding Landscape on 17th July 2.30–4pm

This session will consider the funding landscape faced by specialist sexual violence services and explore the impacts of government strategy, commissioning frameworks and practice, and devolution of funding. A second session in September will then look to best practice and alternatives in funding and commissioning processes. 


At the 17th July session will hear from:
- Gurpreet Virdee, Director of Operation and Development at Women and Girls Network and West London Rape Crisis
- Andrea Perrett, Co-CEO of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
­- Fern Champion, a survivor of sexual violence
- Mary Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women's Budget Group
- Viv Hayes, CEO of Women's Resource Centre
- A representative from Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)


This session will provide an essential overview of the particular challenges faced by specialist sexual violence organisations in light of the unprecedented demand for their services. It will examine the reasons why organisations are having to implement strategies such as closing waiting lists and ways in which funding and commissioning practices impact on the delivery of vital frontline work. 


We are looking for evidence on service providers’ experience of the funding landscape and the impacts it has. This may include details of the challenges you face in tendering processes, short term contracts, the decommissioning of services, the way performance against the contract is measured, the use of grant funding, the requirement for added value and innovation, and which services are funded and which are excluded. What impact does this have on your  clients, your waiting lists, and the stability and sustainability of your service?


If you would like to attend this event please register here: 



If you have evidence you would like to submit to the inquiry relating to the funding landscape for specialist services in the sexual violence sector we would be delighted to hear from you and we ask that you send us your submission by the 11th July to the email address: appg@rapecrisis.org.uk


We are keen to allow parliamentarians to hear first-hand about the impacts that commissioning practice has on victims and survivors. If you have any service-users who may wish to participate, please do get in touch at the above email address. This may be someone whose support had to cease, or who experienced delay  or difficulty in accessing  local, specialist support. 


Previous meetings


Date                               Title

24th January 2018         Inaugural Meeting

17th April 2018               Pornography and Sexual Violence


Publications and reports


The APPG on Sexual Violence conducts inquiries into key issues raised through APPG meetings. The inquiries assemble evidence from survivors, front line professionals, academic researchers, statutory agencies and those responsible for tackling sexual violence strategically through prevention, provision, policy, protection and prosecution.


Officers for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Violence:


Sarah Champion MP – Co-Chair
Rt Hon Maria Miller MP – Co-Chair
Jess Phillips MP Vice-Chair
Baroness Margaret Prosser, OBE
Caroline Lucas MP
Alison Thewliss MP