Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North
Feb
2

£40 million funding boost for specialist support services that work with victims of rape and sexual abuse

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 02 February 2021 11:18

I welcome the Government announcement that there will be a £40 million funding boost for specialist support services that work with victims of rape and sexual abuse, ensuring the most vulnerable in society get the protection they need through this pandemic.
I understand that for many victims, this pandemic has been an inescapable nightmare in which they often feel trapped and at greater risk of harm – no victim should be left to suffer alone.
That is why I am pleased to see that the Government are delivering an extra £40 million to support organisations to recruit more staff, keep helplines open for longer and adapt to remote counselling where necessary – ensuring help remains available for those who need it.
This extra funding, which builds on the unprecedented £76 million to support victims since the start of the pandemic, will ensure the vulnerable in society get all the support they need through this difficult time.
Victims and survivors of sexual violence or abuse should visit gov.uk/sexualabusesupport to see the support on offer.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse and feel at risk of harm the Stay at Home guidance does not apply.

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