Who funds the centres?
The three newly opened Rape Crisis Centres in north, east and west London are all funded by the Mayor of London. The existing south London centre is also benefiting from additional mayoral funding to extend the service it provides.
This comes after several years of reductions to rape support services in London. Between 2003 and 2005 two of London’s three Rape Crisis Centres closed, leaving the capital with just one. The Croydon centre was so busy it had a six-month waiting list in 2008 when Boris Johnson was elected Mayor.
Delivering on his manifesto pledge, the Mayor is now investing £1.4m to expand rape crisis provision in London. Increasing the number of centres to four means women and girls in London who experience sexual violence will be able to get the support they need, when and where they need it.
Local authorities are also fully behind the centres. The West London Rape Crisis Centre was set up with the support of Ealing Council, who is also funding the service. The North London Rape Crisis Centre was established in partnership with Islington and Westminster Councils and a steering group of seven north London boroughs. A similar arrangement with Redbridge Council and a steering group of seven east London boroughs helped set up the East London centre.
Rape Crisis Centres are independent charities and receive funding from a range of different sources.
Donations are always welcome. If you wish to support our work, get in touch with the centre you would like to donate to.