• Gloucestershire will receive a further £47,700 from NHS England and NHS Improvement to support victims of sexual violence.
  • The money will be distributed by the Commissioning Team within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.
  • The pot will fund a range of charities and organisations in the county to best support victims and survivors.

Victims of sexual violence will have access to more support, thanks to additional funding, distributed by Gloucestershire OPCC.

£47,700 will be split between local agencies including Teens in Crisis (TIC+), Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (GRASAC), Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) and the Nelson Trust.

The money has been provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement to recognise the significant and sustained demand put on sexual violence support agencies, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations can spend the money in areas where demand is highest, to offer the most effective support to those who require their services.

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson said: “Tackling violence against women and girls is one of my top priorities. Alongside the new Flare Reporting app and enhanced police presence in the night-time economy, I also hope that the cultural changes we encourage today will create a safer Gloucestershire for women and girls in the future.

“However, I know this commitment will be little comfort for those who have already been the victims of severe and life changing trauma. Therefore, I hope this additional funding will provide those women with the support and care they might need.”

Emma Griffiths, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Counselling Service – which will receive the largest portion of funding, said: “Essential funding such as this ensures we can provide access to free high-quality face to face and remote counselling to those who need it most.

“We see an annual increase in demand for counselling from survivors of sexual abuse of all ages and genders and we are always grateful to secure financial help in helping us to meet this need”.