£123k grant will help sexual assault victims in Avon and Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 July 2017

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

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More funding has been assigned to sexual assault support services across Avon and Somerset.

The Home Office’s Violence Against Women and Girls Transformation Fund has awarded £123,000 to Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in partnership with SAFE Link and Womankind.

The money will be used to support victims of sexual assault with additional needs linked to learning difficulties or mental ill-health.

People will get support from independent sexual violence advisors and a befriending scheme will also be in place, with specially-trained volunteers helping victims.

Ms Mountstevens said she is ‘delighted’ to have received the Government cash, and added the money will make ‘a real difference’ in the area.

She said: “Protecting the most vulnerable from harm is a priority in my police and crime plan and this funding will help to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable victims of sexual abuse.”


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