A women’s refuge in Cornwall today welcomed its share of £12million from the Tampon Tax Fund, saying it will help them reach isolated survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
Maggie Parks, chief executive of the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC), said the grant of £179,157 over three years would increase accessibility of their specialist services to victims who live in isolated, rural areas who currently find it hard to get the support they need.
She said: “The funding will provide us with much-needed resources to embark on an innovative community engagement project to reach out to isolated women and girls experiencing sexual violence and exploitation in Cornwall.
“WRSAC acknowledges that particular groups of women and girls are affected differently by the compounded effects of past and continuing inequalities based on gender, sexuality, disability, faith, age, ethnicity, economic situation and other status and this grant will enable us to build on our work to pro-actively make services accessible to all women and girls.”
As Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism I have seen how violence against women and girls shatters lives and these projects will provide even more vital support to victims.
The Government is determined to end this abhorrent abuse and recently announced the introduction of stalking protection orders, set out plans to work towards a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Act and increased funding for tackling violence against women and girls to £100million.
But there is always more to do and the additional tampon tax money will provide a further lifeline to those at risk of domestic and sexual abuse, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence and stalking.
Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, said: “I’m very pleased to see this money coming to Cornwall to help victims of sexual or domestic abuse.
“On top of the £12million that is being dispersed from the Tampon Tax, the Government is introducing new legislation to tackle stalking and different forms of awful abuse that people suffer.
“The Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre does vital work in supporting victims in Cornwall and I’m very pleased that they have been given this money.”