Connections and disconnections: Assessing evidence, knowledge and practice in responses to rape

April 1, 2010


This research review was commissioned as part of the Stern Review of responses by public bodies to rape. The Stern Review was announced by the Government Equalities Office on 22nd September 2009, in part as a response to concerns raised by the Reid and Worboys cases. In these cases, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) responsible for various investigative failures when responding to complaints by rape victim-survivors.

The review examines and summarises the evidence base on the extent of rape, reporting and disclosure, support and advocacy, Criminal Justice System responses, responses of the health system, attitudes to and stereotypes of rape, and the impact of legal and policy changes.

The report can be accessed via the link below.