On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Rape Crisis (England and Wales) welcomes the Government’s announcement to fund the development of new Rape Crisis Centres. The Ministry of Justice is providing up to £600,000 to develop centres in Trafford, Hereford, Exeter and Bournemouth, giving victims of rape and sexual violence better access to the dedicated and specialist support they need.
The funding is part of the Government’s commitment to increase the provision of rape support centres across England and Wales. This is an important day for survivors of rape and sexual assault in those areas. In Devon alone, an estimated 3,000 women are raped or experience serious sexual assault every year.
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) stated “In 2011 every woman and girl should be able to live their life free from the fear of sexual violence. It is vital that women and girls who experience sexual violence are able to access services when and where they need them. While there is still a long way to go before there are specialist Rape Crisis services in every local authority area, this is a significant day in the history of the Rape Crisis movement”.
Home Secretary Theresa May has also outlined the Government plans to tackle violence against women and girls. Ms May said: "More needs to be done to ensure that we provide the best possible start for future generations. Violence against women and girls remains one of the most significant gender inequalities in the modern world, both in the UK and abroad. I want to see an end to all forms of violence against women and girls."
For more details please go to the Home Office Website Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Action Plan which is available to download at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/vawg