Policy and Research

There is a wealth of policy and research documents relating to the issue of rape and sexual abuse. Links to some key policies and research that may be of interest are detailed below.

National Policy and Strategy Documents

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 8 March 2011 by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Baroness Neville-Jones.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May): Ending violence against women and girls is a priority for this government. On 25 November 2010, I set out our guiding principles in this area over the spending review period in a 'Call to end violence against women and girls' and announced that we will be committing Home Office funding of £28 million to fund specialist services in this area over the next four years.

Today, to mark International Women’s Day, I am publishing a set of supporting actions to realise our ambition in this area. This includes a full response to Baroness Stern’s review into
how rape cases are handled in England and Wales.

Associated key documents and websites include:

The Stern Review: A report by Baroness Vivien Stern CBE of an independent review of how rape complaints are handled by public authorities in England and Wales. V. Stern CBE (2010)

The Government Response to the Stern Review. HM Government (2011).

The previous government published its Cross-government action plan on sexual violence and abuse in April 2007. Whilst this document no longer represents current government policy, it includes a wide range of related information and statistics.

Research and Briefing Papers

The inter-relatedness of sexual victimisation and priority social and health policy issues. The Survivor's Trust (2004)

The evidence of harm to adults relating to exposure to extreme pornographic material: a rapid evidence assessment. Ministry of Justice (2007).