New £123k fund to help sexual assault victims in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 August 2017

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

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A new pot of funding will help some of the most vulnerable victims of sexual assault in 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 a specific focus on those who have mental health issues and learning disabilities.

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

Ms Mountstevens said she is ‘delighted’ to have received the Government cash, and 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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