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Stern Review into Rape Reporting in England and Wales PDF Print E-mail

Baroness Vivien Stern CBE is leading an independent review into the way rape complaints are handled by public authorities in England and Wales. The review will examine the whole process of a rape complaint from the moment a rape is first disclosed until the court has reached a verdict.


Baroness Stern, who was asked to undertake the review by the Government, will focus on how to ensure the key agencies involved in rape complaints, such as the police, local authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service, the health service and third sector organisations work more effectively together to improve rape complainants’ treatment.


Reporting in February 2010, the recommendations from the review will focus on:


  • How to ensure better treatment of rape complainants;
  • How to encourage more victims to report rape in the first place;
  • How to ensure more cases progress further through the criminal justice system; and
  • How to build confidence in the way complaints are handled.

More information, including how to respond to the Call for Evidence, can be found at

Rape: The Victim Experience Review PDF Print E-mail

On 25th November the Home Office published a review of rape victims' experiences of the criminal justice system which was led by Victims' Champion Sara Payne - 'Rape: the Victim Experience Review'.

To inform this review, Sara Payne held a series of focus groups across England with women survivors of rape, front line police officers and the Crown Prosecution Service. The resultant findings and recommendations from the focus groups contributed to the development of the England Violence Against Women and Girls strategy.

The WNC organised and co-facilitated the survivor focus groups and feedback provided by the women is summarised in the Home Office Victims' Experience Review: WNC Report from Women's Discussion Groups

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