DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has welcomed a £200,000 funding boost for Northern Ireland’s new rape crisis service from the Justice and Equality Fund.
Bradley’s office manager, Adele Tomb is currently taking part in a training programme to be a volunteer to support victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence.
MLA Bradley said: “This will be a wonderful service to the people of Northern Ireland.
“I am aware of the dedication and commitment that the specially selected group of volunteers have given to enable this service to go ahead.
“My office can be contacted for any queries in regards to this service, I would also make it available for meetings with service users if required,” said the East Londonderry representative.
Jan Melia, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said the organisation was delighted to receive the grant and to have the support of high-profile celebrity activists, Harry Potter stars, Emma Watson and Keira Knightley.”
She added: “We are thrilled that the Justice and Equality Fund has awarded us this money to help set up the new Rape Crisis centre in Northern Ireland.
“We have 31 volunteers who are nearing the completion of their six-month training to provide a service to support victims and survivors, and this grant will go a long way to help with this.”
If you have been affected by sexual violence or abuse, the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline is open 365 days a year to support all women and men. Call the free confidential Helpline on 0808 802 1414, email [email protected], or text SUPPORT to 07797 805 839.