The SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar has welcomed an additional £2 million of Scottish Government funding for Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid, saying it will ensure that more sexual assault survivors and victims of domestic abuse can access the help they need, when they need it.

This is on top of the £19 million provided annually by the Scottish Government to support women through the Delivering Equally Safe fund. It will go to the centres facing the most significant issues with waiting lists and will continue until the end of the next financial year.

Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said:

“This additional funding from the Scottish Government will help ensure that more sexual assault survivors and victims of domestic abuse in the Western Isles and across Scotland can access the support they need.

“It is still the case that too many women are suffering as a result of gender-based violence. As we work as a society to tackle the root causes, this additional funding will provide Rape Crisis Scotland and Women’s Aid with greater financial security to allow them to continue their efforts on the frontline, supporting survivors.

“The Scottish Government is rightly doing what it can to support victims and survivors, and is working to address underlying misogynistic attitudes and prejudices so that we can eradicate the abuse that so many women in Scotland, including right here in the Western Isles, still suffer from.”

Last year, both organisations supported more than 27,000 women and girls.

The total grant value is £2,077,703 

  • Rape Crisis Scotland - £1,167,000 
  • Scottish Women’s Aid - £910,703 

More information can be found here

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