Access to Justice

Evaluation of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who report rape or sexual assault 

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, University of Sunderland and University of Durham have worked alongside Northumbria Police to carry out research into the experiences of the Criminal Justice System by people who have a learning disability and who have experienced sexual violence.

This research investigated how people with learning disabilities might be better supported through the Criminal Justice System when reporting sexual assault and/or rape. The research is an exploratory local study in the Northumbria police force area and involved case analysis of police data; alongside interviews with service users and key stakeholders.

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Full Report
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Summary Report

Research Launch Event

We launched the findings of this research on 23 September via a webinar.

You are welcome to view the slides and the recordings of the launch below.

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Introduction including Kim McGuiness Northumbria PCC
Access to Justice Presentation – Part 1
Access to Justice Presentation – Part 2
Questions & Discussion – Part 1
Questions & Discussion – part 2
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