The opening of a new rape crisis centre in Devon on Monday is a welcome development and part of the Government's commitment to increase the provision of support centres across England and Wales.
It is the first of four new crisis centres, as part of a £30 million investment, and supports the Government's effort to ensure the most vulnerable victims of crime get the dedicated and specialist help they need.
Under the current Government, stable, long-term funding has been provided for crucial frontline services, as part of a wider strategy to tackle violence against women.
Sarah Wollaston, a former police surgeon and GP, and MP for Totnes, said:
"Rape and sexual violence can destroy lives. I am hopeful that this new service will really help anyone struggling to move on from these deeply traumatic crimes.
"I know as a former police surgeon and GP that victims find these horrific experiences difficult to talk about, even to their closest friends and family. Having a confidential service from people who truly understand is essential and, frankly, long overdue."