Rape and Sexual Abuse Victims

Part of Justice – in the House of Commons on 5th July 2022.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The hon. Gentleman is right to identify the concerns that victims have from the very first moment of reaching out for support from the police in reporting these offences. As I say, we have conducted a forensic end-to-end review of the criminal justice system. Part of that includes ensuring that the police conduct so-called suspect-focused investigations whereby, rather than looking at the witness’s credibility, they focus on the suspect’s behaviour. We will be rolling this out nationally over the coming year, and I very much hope and expect that we will begin to see some real results from that.