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Government announces the Special Fund

5 Aug 2009

 The Government announced funding for sexual violence services today.   

Announcing the funding allocations, Solicitor General Vera Baird QC MP, said:
“Rape is a devastating crime that traumatises victims and shatters lives. We can only continue to tackle it strongly as we are determined to do with the help of the experienced and well-trained voluntary sector.”
Maria Eagle, Deputy Minister for Women and Equality stated:
“Violence against women, in all its forms, is unacceptable. All of us have a responsibility to tackle it: within our families, within our communities, and society as a whole. This fund is vital to safeguard local organisations which support those who have been victims of rape and sexual violence.”
“Rape has an appalling effect on the health and well-being of victims and survivors. Over 50% of women with mental health problems report having suffered physical or sexual abuse. It's very necessary that this funding for Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales and the Survivors Trust will help to improve effective support for victims when they need it most.” Ann Keen, Health Minister
Rape Crisis England and Wales:
“We are relieved that 19 Rape Crisis Centres who were struggling for survival will be able to carry on providing their vital services until the end of this financial year. We are pleased to have been informed that discussions regarding long term sustainability are in progress with a number of Government departments; Rape Crisis England and Wales looks forward to continue working with GEO to ensure that the Rape Crisis sector is secure beyond 31 March 2010.”