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Still little justice for rape victim survivors: the void between policy and practice in England and Wales

Nicole Westmarland

in International approaches to rape

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426208
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426208.003.0005
Still little justice for rape victim survivors: the void between policy and practice in England and Wales

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This chapter explains the national context and gives an overview of law and policy, focusing particularly on developments during the reign of the New Labour government from 1997–2010. It describes three key issues that remain problematic. First, it analyses problems with policing and prosecuting rape. Second, it describes the continuing problem of negative attitudes towards rape victims and analyses the implications of this problem. The third and final key issue outlined is the Rape Crisis funding crisis which has resulted in a number of Rape Crisis Centre closures and continues to be a significant problem.

Keywords: justice; law; New Labour; prosecuting rape; Rape Crisis

Chapter.  8442 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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