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about us

Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.

Rape Crisis England & Wales was set up to support the work of autonomous Rape Crisis organisations in England and Wales. We also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with local, regional and national government.

We work with our member Rape Crisis organisations to achieve our three core priorities:

  1. Securing high quality specialist services for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence
  2. Building our collective expertise to improve services and policies for the benefit of survivors / victims
  3. Ending rape and sexual violence

Rape Crisis acknowledges all forms of sexual violence, including but not restricted to: rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage / relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation, grooming and ritual abuse, irrespective of whether the violence is from known or unknown perpetrator(s).

Rape Crisis England & Wales wants all women and girls to be free from the fear and experience of sexual violence.

About Rape Crisis organisations

The first Rape Crisis Centre opened in 1973.  Since then, Rape Crisis organisations have been providing frontline specialist, independent and confidential support services for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Rape Crisis organisations offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space.

Rape Crisis England & Wales is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Find out more about how to support our work here.

Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC)

WHECRape Crisis England & Wales is part of the Women's Health & Equality Consortium (WHEC). WHEC is a Strategic Partner to the Department of Health, working to address women’s health inequalities across England and campaign for a health and social care system that meets the needs of all women and girls appropriately. WHEC is a partnership of women’s organisations including the Women's Resource Centre (lead partner), FORWARD, Imkaan, Maternity Action, Positively UK and Rape Crisis (England and Wales), all of whom share the common goals of improved health and equality for girls and women.

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