7.9 Sexual Assault Referral Centres, Independent Sexual Violence Advisors and Rape Crisis

Partner rape is an extremely prevalent form of sexual violence, particularly when we consider that women who are involved in physically abusive relationships may be especially vulnerable to rape by their partners. Studies show that between a third and half of women experiencing physical abuse are also raped by their partners at least once (Bergen, 1996; Browne, 1993; Campbell, 1989). Furthermore, statistics from the British Crime Survey (2004) show that 54% of rapes were committed by a partner or ex-partner.

This section outlines the various services which are available to support survivors of sexual violence. These services are available to all survivors regardless of whether the crime was committed by an intimate partner, family member, acquaintance or stranger.