Government funding to support victims of rape, sexual violence and domestic abuse

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent has been allocated £63,729 by the UK Government to support victims of rape, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The funding is part of a UK-wide package of support in response to charities and support services that have reported a significant rise in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will be used to support the work of support services across Gwent.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “This funding will help us and our partners to provide much needed support to victims of rape, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

“Sadly, we know that these crimes have increased during the pandemic but also that they are heavily under reported.

“If you have been a victim, or know someone who has, then please report it. Help is available.”

Reports can be made to Gwent Police via 101, or Facebook and Twitter. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Additional advice and support for victims is available through the Gwent Safeguarding Board