Welcome to the Rape Survivors' Research information page

Opinion Research Services (ORS) has been commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to undertake an evaluation of the experiences of survivors of rape through the criminal justice system. The evaluation will investigate participant’s experiences of reporting the incident, and of the responses they received from the police and other criminal justice agencies - as well as their experiences of witness care units, Sexual Assault Referral Units (SARCs), and other support agencies.

The findings from this evaluation will contribute to the joint inspection into the police and the CPS response to rape which HMICFRS is conducting with Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). The inspection will build on several strands of work including the report published by HMCPSI in December 2019 and the London Rape Review which was published in July 2019.

In order to gather these experiences, our qualitative research team are looking to conduct in-depth interviews (either by telephone or by videoconference) with rape survivors across England and Wales. We are therefore seeking willing participants, who self-identify as being a survivor of a rape that has been reported to the police.

If you are a survivor of rape or a professional working in this sector and interested in being involved or have any further questions, please contact either Hannah or Harriet at ORS:

Hannah Champion
01792 535324

Harriet Hendra
01792 535315