Victims of rape and sexual violence will receive the specialist help they need as the Ministry of Justice funds five new rape support centres.
The new centres in Mid-Wales, Southend, Leeds and Northumbria and Ipswich, will receive around £600,000 over the next 12 months.
Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt said:
‘Rape and sexual violence are traumatising crimes which ruin lives.
‘We want to ensure victims of these terrible crimes get the specialist support they need to recover which is why the Government is funding these new centres.
‘This is part of the Government’s long-term commitment to victims of rape and sexual violence.’
A spokeswoman for Rape Crisis England and Wales said:
‘We welcome the Government’s announcement to fund the development and establishment of a further five new Rape Crisis Centres. It is vital that women and girls who experience sexual violence are able to access services when and where they need them.’
Last March the Government announced £10.5 million funding over three years to help put rape support centres on a stable, financial footing, enabling them to develop new centres where they are needed most. This saw new centres open in Dorset, Devon, Trafford and Hereford.