Delyn MP and Police Minister David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to award more than £3 million to support victims of rape and sexual violence.
£1.6 million will go to Rape Crisis Centres from the Government Equalities Office’s (GEO) Special Fund supported by the Home Office and Department for Health. Rape Crisis Centres and Survivors Trust centres provide specialist services, such as counselling and advocacy, to women and men who have been raped or experienced sexual violence.
In addition, Policing Minister and Delyn MP David Hanson announced that £1.67million will help establish eight new Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs), support 15 existing SARCs, and fund 43 Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) to offer practical support for victims of sexual violence.
David Hanson said:
“Rape is a devastating and heinous crime which shatters lives. This new funding will help to safeguard the support facilities in place to help those affected.
“The Government has prioritised tackling rape, supporting victims and prosecuting perpetrators: the number of rape convictions was 50 per cent higher in 2007 than in 1997, and around £12 million has been invested in services for victims over the last five years.
“Over 50% of women with mental health problems report having suffered physical or sexual abuse which is why this funding is so important.”