Press release from Rape Crisis Scotland
We are delighted to report that the Scottish Government has announced its intention to continue funding for violence against women services in Scotland for the coming year.
At this morning’s Scottish Government debate on Violence against Women, Alex Neil the Minister for Housing and Communities, announced that three vital funds will be retained at their current level in the next financial year.
This follows an intensive period of joint campaigning by Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland.
Prior to the announcement it had been thought that many services for women and children would be cut. 40 Women’s Aid groups around the country faced an average loss of 40% of their funding. A number of rape crisis centres were facing the possibility of either closure or severe restriction of their services. These services have now been safeguarded.