A specialist centre to help victims of rape and sexual abuse has officially opened its doors in Lancashire.
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, spoke at the official opening of Trust House Lancashire and said the importance of the facilities being offered at the Preston-based centre could not be underestimated.
Making sure victims have access to the right help and support county-wide is a key priority for the Commissioner, who wants to ensure Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents receive the support and advice they need to rebuild their lives.
Trust House Lancashire has been set up by The Survivors Trust to provide services for both adults and children, and is one of 13 being established across the country as part of a commitment from the Coalition Government to develop new rape and sexual abuse support centres.
Mr Grunshaw said: “I would like to congratulate The Survivors’ Trust for the work they have done to develop this excellent facility, which I am sure will have extensive benefits for victims across Lancashire.
“Offering specialist services to victims is vital, and I know the help and support which will be offered by Trust House is much-needed here in Lancashire.
“The Government’s decision to commission a specialist centre in Lancashire is to be welcomed, and this centre will fill a pan-Lancashire gap in provision for specialist sexual violence counselling, helpline, support and advocacy for victims. Crucially, it will help both adults and children.”
The centre will receive £360,000 in Ministry of Justice funding through to 2016 to help it deliver its vital services.
The Commissioner and Lancashire police have supported The Survivors’ Trust in establishing the centre, which will make its services available to support men, women and children from across the county.
Trust House services will be available for all victims recently or in the past.