Rape Crisis England & Wales headline statistics 2018-19
Between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019:
- Rape Crisis Centres across the RCEW network handled 186,243 online and telephone helpline contacts, including more than double the number of text (SMS) messages than in 2017-18.
- The RCEW website received an average 43,313 unique visitors per month.
- Rape Crisis specialist services were accessed by 79,391 individuals, an average of 1,804 service users per member Centre, up 6% from the previous year.
- Rape Crisis Centres provided 732,184 sessions of specialist support, including advocacy, emotional support and counselling, an increase of 9% from 2017-18.
- Almost three-quarters of all adult service users contacted Rape Crisis Centres about sexual violence that took place at least 12 months earlier, including adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
- The largest group of service users that contact Rape Crisis Centres continued to be those who prefer to self-refer. This pattern has remained consistent over the past eight years, demonstrating ongoing need and demand for sustainably funded, independent services.
- Where age is known, 3,954 were aged 15 or under, an increase of 22% from 2017-18, with a 50% increase in children reporting multiple assaults. Those aged under 25 represented 34% of all service users.
- 91 per cent of service users were female.
- Where ethnicity is known, 17% of service users identified as Black or Minority Ethnic.
- 27% of all service users identified as Disabled.