Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley:
“Today’s report highlights the failings in dealing with rape cases across the criminal justice system.
“As the report itself notes, rape cases can, by their nature, be incredibly difficult to prosecute. Often relying on matters of consent, rather than the act itself.
“This just emphasises why we must try even harder to ensure that justice is done all the way from reporting to the police, through to the court verdict.
“I have made improving the criminal justice system a priority in my new Police & Criminal Justice Plan and I will be working with the Police, the CPS, the Courts and Government to deliver justice for victims.”
Services are commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure victims of rape and sexual assault across the Thames Valley have appropriate access to support. Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) within the Victims First Specialist Adult Service provide victims with emotional and practical support as well as help victims navigate the criminal justice system. To make a referral contact Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or at www.victims-first.org.uk
This sad news today will be felt deeply. As we now enter a period of mourning however we can also feel a great sense of national pride. Her Majesty The Queen has provided a sense of unity, stability and continuity to the nation and through her extensive community and charity work has touched countless lives.