Women, rape and the criminal justice system - Appendix 2

Questionnaire

These questions should be answered in relation to the victims of rape with whom your Victim Support scheme/Witness Service has had contact over the last twelve months, ie December 1994 - November 1995.

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Name of Scheme/Witness Service: .......................................................

Name of contact person: .......................................................

Would you be willing to be interviewed as a follow-up to the questionnaire? Yes / No

Are you aware of any victims of rape who would be willing to be interviewed as a part of this survey? Yes / No

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Questions for Victim Support Schemes only

1 Please indicate the number of victims of rape with whom your scheme has had contact over the last twelve months:

Female [ ] Male [ ]

2 Please indicate the number of victims of sexual assault with whom your scheme has had contact over the last twelve months:

Female [ ] Male [ ]

3 Please state the number of people referred as victims of rape, with whom your scheme has had contact over the last twelve months, where (please complete as far as possible):

It was not reported to the police  
No charges were brought  
Charges were brought  
Charges were downgraded to a lesser offence  
Case discontinued after charges were brought  
Prosecution  
Conviction  

4 In how many of the cases where a charge was downgraded were the reasons for this given?

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5 Have any of these individuals considered taking out civil action

because their case has been discontinued? Yes / No

If yes, how many?

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6 How many of these individuals have been successful in taking out civil action in these instances?

[ ]

7 Are victims given information on the following (please tick as appropriate):

  Never Sometimes Usually Always Don't know
Whether an arrest has been made          
Protection          
Bail          
Court dates          
Explanation of charge          
Role of court personnel          
Outcome of case          
Appeal          

8 If victims have experienced any common problems obtaining this information, please summarise:

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9 Have any of these victims been re-assaulted or harassed since

the original offence? Yes /No

If yes, how many: [ ]

10 If the answer to question 9 is yes, please give further details (including whether the police provided protection):

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11 Do the police usually ask for the victim's views on bail decisions? Yes / No

12 How often are rape victims interviewed in a police rape suite or other specially designed unit? (please circle as appropriate):

Never Sometimes Usually Always Don't know

13 Are victims appointed a trained "Police Chaperone" (please circle as appropriate):

Never Sometimes Usually Always Don't know

14 What other agencies/specialist services do victims request? (please tick as appropriate):

  Never Sometimes Usually Always
Professional counselling or psychiatric help        
Legal advice/representation        
Rehousing        

15 Where victims have made such requests how often have you been able to refer on? (please tick as appropraite):

  Never Sometimes Usually Always
Professional counselling or psychiatric help        
Legal advice/representation        
Rehousing        

Questions for the Witness Service only

16 Please state the total number of cases of rape (not the number of witnesses supported) you have been involved with over the last twelve months:

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17 If you are aware of any particular problems experienced by victims of rape giving evidence at court, please summarise:

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18 In your experience, what are the most common reactions expressed by victims of rape about their experiences in court?:

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19 In your experience, what are the most common needs expressed by victims of rape, in relation to going to court?:

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General comments (for Victim Support schemes and the Witness Service):

20 In your experience, are there any common needs experienced by victims of rape which are not currently being addressed?

If so, please detail up to three of the most pressing points:

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21 What ideas do you have about how these needs could be met?

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Thank you for your help

Please complete questionnaires by Friday 15 December 1995 and return to:

Kate Mulley
Victim Support National Office
Cranmer House
39 Brixton Road
LONDON
SW9 6DZ

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