Rape Crisis England & Wales headline statistics 2017-18:
- Rape Crisis Centres across our network responded to over 179,000 helpline calls during the year.
- Rape Crisis specialist services were accessed by 78,461 individuals - an increase of 17% from 2016-17.
- Rape Crisis Centres provided in excess of 650,000 sessions of specialist support, including advocacy, emotional support and counselling - an increase of 44% since 2016-17.
- Three-quarters of all adult service users contacted Rape Crisis Centres about sexual violence that took place at least 12 months earlier. 42% were adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
- The largest group that contact Rape Crisis Centres, over half of service users, are those who prefer to self-refer. This pattern has remained consistent over the past seven years and continues to demonstrate the necessity for funded independent services.
- 93 per cent of service users were female.
- Where age is known, 3,236 were aged 15 or under, an increase of 22% on last year. Those aged under 25 represented 27% of service users.
- Where ethnicity is known, 23% of service users identified as Black or Minority Ethnic.
- 29% of all service users identified as Disabled.
- The Rape Crisis England & Wales website received over 12 million hits during the year - an increase of a third on 2016-17 - and an average of 46,850 unique visitors per month, a 43% rise from the previous year.