SIR Keir Starmer, KCB,Â QC was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) from 2008 to 2013. He previously prosecuted numerous cases for the Crown Prosecution Service during his career, specialising as a defence lawyer with expertise in human rights law.
Sir Kier Starmer visited South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) in February where SERICC discussed the numerous difficulties that sexual violence victims, both young and old face when attending court cases.
SERICC discussed the need for an equal focus on the support needs of sexual violence victims and their families, specifically for those whose cases do not go to court for a number of valid reasons. SERICC also requested that if the Labour Party form a government after the next election that Sir Starmer raise within Government, sexual violence issues and the need for a sexual violence victims funding strategy.
A SERICC spokeswoman said “We were delighted to have some time in discussion with Sir Kier Starmer, to discuss some important issues that are in need of national attention. We also discussed the increase in referrals to SERICC, as a result of the high profile sexual abuse cases in the media since the Savile revelations in 2011.”