PCC for Cheshire John Dwyer, 2016/17 police budget

Victims of sex crimes in Nantwich will get improved support after a £300,000 police contract was awarded to The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) for Cheshire.

The centre helps survivors of sexual abuse, whether or not they report the crime to the police, in recent and old cases.

Women, men and young people can access support to help them to cope and recover from their ordeal.

The new £300,000 contract was awarded after an alliance between funding partners, Cheshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Cheshire Constabulary, NHS England and the four local councils including Cheshire East.

John Dwyer (pictured), Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “When awarding the contract I consulted survivors who told me how the support services they had received could be improved.

“In the unfortunate circumstance that an individual is subjected to a sexual assault or rape, I want them to rest
assured they will be dealt with professionally in Cheshire. I encourage people to come forward and report this crime.

“It’s important victims get the wrap-around service they deserve which supports from the start to the end of the process.

“This aftercare has included an additional element which helps victims in their local community, rather than having them travel to the Referral Centre in Manchester.”

Julie Evans, operations manager at RASASC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the contract and feel the collaboration between all partners ensures all victims of sexual violence in Cheshire can have access to support.

“We will be adding to our staff team to deliver the service and we are very excited to be involved in ensuring all victims of rape/sexual assault will have access to support across Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington.”

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