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Rape victims to benefit from Government funding boost

Victims of rape and sexual assault across England and Wales will be helped by a 50 per cent funding boost for specialist support services, the government has announced. The move will increase the money available – up from £8 million to £12 million per year – to total £32 million over three years for a […]

The Victims’ Commissioner calls for independent inquiry after rape cases plummet.

The Victims’ Commissioner has called on the Prime Minister to urgently launch an independent inquiry after inspectors failed to explain why the number of rape cases prosecutors were bringing to court has plummeted. Dame Vera Baird criticised the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) report on the actions of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), claiming […]

Judge slams police treatment of Manchester rape victim

A judge has criticised the way a male police officer interviewed a teenage rape victim, saying it caused “further abuse” for the girl. Judge Hilary Manley said she had “grave concerns” about the case of Joseph McDonagh, 31, who was jailed for 24 years at Manchester Crown Court. The judge also queried why it took […]

Tories say they will allow victims and media to attend parole hearings

Victims of serious crimes will be given regular updates about an offender’s sentence and release under Conservative plans to be announced today, following the John Worboys parole scandal, and the plans will also allow victims and the media to attend parole hearings. Parole Board hearings on the release of those convicted of sexual and violent offences will […]