The Ministry of Justice has today announced a £5 million increase in funding to support victims of rape and sexual assault.

Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, said:

“Complainants of rape and sexual assault who have the courage to report their experience demonstrate immense bravery and must be given all the support they need so that justice can be done.

“I very much welcome this additional funding for support services but there is much more to do, including improving the way police and prosecutors handle these horrific crimes.

“I welcome the government’s commitment to bring forward the long-awaited Victims’ Law and updates to the Victims’ Code early in 2020. Backing up current rights with legislation and strong implementation will ensure justice is improved.”