Rape Crisis welcomes funding for sexual violence services in Wales

12 Aug 2014

Rape Crisis England & Wales warmly welcomes the announcement today (12th August 2014) of extra funding from the Welsh Government for front-line services to help victims of sexual violence in Wales, including £20,000 for member Rape Crisis Centre RASASC (Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre), North Wales.

This extra funding will be used by specialist organisations across Wales to improve services for sexual violence survivors, following a particular increase in demand for specialist counselling and support from adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 

As the national umbrella body for Rape Crisis organisations, with 40 years’ experience of providing specialist support and advocacy services to women and girls who’ve experienced sexual violence of any kind at any time, Rape Crisis England & Wales is keen for reassurance that this investment in will not just be a one-off. 

As demand and need for services currently far outstrips the sexual violence sector’s capacity, and are likely to increase as more survivors of sexual violence continue to come forward to seek support with rebuilding their lives, Rape Crisis urges the Welsh Government to commit to long-term funding that ensures the sustainability of vital specialist services into the future.

Caitlin Brown, a Campaigner for Rape Crisis Cymru, based in Cardiff, said: 

“This is a really positive step, and we look forward to working closely with the Welsh Government and the Minister, Lesley Griffiths, as she takes forward a new Bill in Wales to tackle violence against women.” 

“We will be working hard to ensure that the Bill leads to a better understanding of the needs of victims of sexual violence and that the effect of the postcode lottery of services for women across Wales is reduced and that victims across Wales can access the help they need when they need it.”

“Our members have experienced an increase in the number of victims seeking support and expect this increased demand to continue. For that reason, we need to ensure this is not one-off funding, but reflects a long-term investment to help us provide help to more people in Wales.”


Notes to Editors: 

• Rape Crisis England & Wales is supporting the work of the Wales Violence Against Women Action Group in Wales.
• For further information and interviews, please contact Caitlin Brown on 07528 005107 or [email protected]