The Rape Victim Impact Assessment (RVIA) tool is one of the outputs from Operation Soteria, embedding procedural justice for victim-survivors into police responses to sexual violence, and forms part of the new National operating model (NOM) for the police investigation of serious sexual offences.

The RVIA is aimed at embedding victims’ rights and interests into the development of policing policy. The RVIA guidance and template provide a systematic process for police forces to carefully consider how the rights and interests of victims of sexual violence may be impacted by proposed changes to policies. It was developed by drawing on the experience of impact assessment in other fields and published as part of the NOM in September 2023.

Police forces across England and Wales are now using the tool as they develop policies, procedures and practices relevant to the rights and interests of victims of rape and serious sexual offences. The tool with be reviewed and refined using feedback from their experiences.

The RVIA work was led by SCCJR academics Dr Ruth Friskney and Dr Kelly Johnson working with Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham University).

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Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Associated People

Dr Ruth Friskney

University of Glasgow

Dr Kelly Johnson

University of Glasgow