Victims of sexual violence in the north-east should receive the support they need more quickly due to a £37,000 funding boost.
Grampian is one of 14 rape crisis centres across the country which will benefit from a share of the £1.5 million funding from the Scottish Government.
The facilities offer free and confidential emotional and practical support and information to those who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Minister for Older People and Equalities Christina McKelvie said: “We are committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
“And a huge part of delivering on that commitment is ensuring that victims of rape or sexual assault are able to come forward and access the right support when they need it.
“The work rape crisis centres do is invaluable and that is why I am delighted to confirm the distribution to 14 centres – from Shetland to the Scottish Borders – of £1.5m over the next three years.
“That funding will bolster the resources available to each centre to ensure more people can receive support more quickly, as well as helping these services plan for the future.”
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North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement. He said: “Sadly it’s a service which is always in demand and under pressure so although it’s a modest sum, it’s enough to employ one or two more people and enable more people to be seen quickly.”
In the 2018-19 Programme for Government, the First Minister announced the centres would be given the additional funding over three years.