Mayor announces funding

29 May 2009

Mayor announces £1.4 million for rape crisis centres

 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced £1.4 million to improve the provision of rape crisis centres in London. This funding over three years has been found through efficiency savings achieved since the Mayor took office and is an important step in delivering the manifesto commitment to tackle violence against women.
Last month the Mayor launched a strategy, ‘The Way Forward’, which puts prevention of violence against women at its core and will, for the first time, bring the work of the police, local authorities, voluntary organisations, NHS and criminal justice system to end all forms of violence against women together under one umbrella.
 
Boris Johnson said:
“For far too long hundreds of thousands of women who have suffered appalling crimes of sexual violence in the capital have been let down. A combination of underfunding and neglect has left a city of over seven million people with just one rape crisis centre."
‘Thanks to efficiency savings we made through my first budget, we can confirm £1.4 million has been set aside to help women recover from this appalling experience.'
‘This new long-term funding demonstrates our wholehearted commitment to reverse the years of neglect of those affected by sexual violence and to end violence against women in the capital.”
 
Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing said:
“Today’s announcement is critical to the Mayor’s strategy to eradicate violence against women in London."
 
‘We call on agencies, communities and individuals across London to join us in making the end of violence an achievable goal".
 
Notes for editors:
 
1.      The GLA is currently identifying the gaps in rape crisis provision in the capital and where the extra funding will deliver the greatest benefits for women in London.
 
2.      In addition to providing new services the £1.4 million funding will also support the city’s only existing rape crisis centre in Croydon.
 
3.      For more information on the Mayor’s violence against women strategy, The Way Forward, go to: http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=21757
 
4.      Last year the number of reported rapes in the capital increased by 14.5 percent and domestic violence incidents rose by 4.4 per cent. Yet only an estimated ten percent of women who have been raped or sexually assaulted report it to the police and only six per cent of all rape cases end in a conviction.
 
5.      Rape crisis centres are frontline services providing crucial support and independent advocacy for all women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Rape crisis centres aim to offer specialist support, advocacy, counselling and information to women and girls, free of charge and in confidence, in a safe and non-threatening environment. More: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/about.html

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