Three New Rape Crisis Centres To Open

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 98 months ago
Three New Rape Crisis Centres To Open

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After some seriously high-profile haranguing, Boris Johnson has kept his election campaign pledge to open three new rape crisis centres in London and continue funding the Croydon centre. It's not the £744,000 a year he promised to find from cutting City Hall's press and PR budget, but it's still a big step forward from where we are now.

Boroughs are working together to create a support network for women, centrally co-ordinated by existing women's services providers. The first new centre to open will be next month in Ealing, run by the Women and Girls Network, followed by centres in Redbridge and another in north London.

It's worth noting that the £1.4m announced today is the same amount announced last May, when Boris said he'd be asking local councils and health authorities to stump up the rest. From the way the scheme is being run we assume he - or his staff - has spent the last nine months feverishly beavering away trying to pull this mammoth co-ordination together. And props to them for getting the boroughs to play nicely with each other for a change.

Last Updated 08 March 2010