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open Who commits crimes of sexual violence?

When we imagine who commits crimes of sexual violence, we likely imagine a stranger. But 91% of sexual crimes are committed by a known individual. In just under 1 in 4 cases, that person is a family member. Just over 1 in 4 cases involve a current or ex-partner, boyfriend or husband. And in almost 1 in 5 cases, the perpetrator is a friend, colleague or neighbour. In 3% of cases, it’s a person in a position of trust: a teacher, doctor or babysitter.

Intimate partner or ex-partner (25.7%)
Relative (24.7%)
Acquaintance (12.0%)
Friend/Wider social network (18.0%)
Person in a position of trust (3.1%)
Stranger 1 & 2 (8.3%)
Groups of perpetrators – known & unknown (2.3%)
Not stated (5.9%)
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open Where do these crimes happen?

It’s a common belief that crimes of sexual violence happen on the streets at night. But the truth is that most cases take place in the victim or survivor’s home.

Family home (16.4%)
Service user's home (11.4%)
Perpetrators home (15.2%)
Home shared by perpetrator & survivor (6.6%)
Work, educational or another institution (4.9%)
Public transport (0.3%)
Hotel or holiday (1.9%)
Entertainment place or social gathering (1.1%)
Other home or building (5.5%)
Vehicle (1.4%)
Outside (6.2%)
Online (0.6%)
Multiple locations (5.4%)
No data (23.3%)
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open Who uses sexual violence survivor services?

You might have an image in your head of the type of person who uses our services. But in reality, there is no standard profile for users of sexual violence survivor services.

Age Range

12 years old and under (4.8%)
13 to 17 years old (17.3%)
18 to 24 years old (18.6%)
25 to 34 years old (22.9%)
35 to 44 years old (17.1%)
45 to 54 years old (11.7%)
55 to 64 years old (5.9%)
65 to 74 years old (1.3%)
75+ years old (0.4%)
Not stated (0.1%)


Female survivors (88.0%)
Male survivors (9.7%)
Do not identify with their sex at birth (2.2%)


Asian or Asian British (2.6%)
Black, Black British, Caribbean or African (3.9%)
Mixed or multiple ethnic groups (3.4%)
White (89.2%)
Other ethnic group (0.9%)


Has a disability (45.9%)
Does not have a disability (45.7%)
Not stated (8.3%)
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open How do victims and survivors access services?

Some victims and survivors hear about us through a police officer, local authority, social worker, teacher or housing officer. But it’s much more common for victims and survivors to contact us themselves. And that might not happen as soon as you think. It takes the majority of adult survivors more than two years to report the crime they experienced.

Self referrals (27.3%)
Friend/Family/Third party referrals (2.4%)
Criminal Justice Services (Police, Probation, Courts, witness care) referrals (28.9%)
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCS / Rape suites) referrals (4.9%)
Health Services (e.g. IAPT, Mental Health, GP, Hospitals, Psychiatrist) referrals (19.0%)
Local Authority (e.g. Social Services, Education, Housing) referrals (7.4%)
Voluntary Sector Services (E.g. Mind, Essex Rape Crisis Centres, Women’s Aid, Victim Support, Relate etc.) referrals (9.4%)
Other referrals (0.7%)
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open What are the outcomes of sexual violence survivor services?

We’re glad you asked. Through over 58,000 hours of service delivery, we helped 96% of survivors feel heard, understood and less isolated. We helped 97% feel happier and healthier and 95% regain control of their lives. This looks different for different people, but could mean returning to work or education, starting or resuming exercise and self-care regimes, and building self-esteem.

Counselling Services

Were more in control of their lives (95.0%)
Had better health and well-being (97.0%)
Got the support needed (96.0%)
Felt believed and understood (96.0%)
Felt comfortable with the way in which the support was provided (96.0%)

ISVA & Advocacy Services

Were more able to consider choices and make informed decisions (95.0%)
Were more confident in communicating needs (96.0%)
Were more confident about personal safety (92.0%)
Had accurate up to date information about the criminal justice system (96.0%)
Said they would recommend this service to someone else (100.0%)
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