The SNP has today welcomed the announcement that funding for local rape crisis centres in Scotland will be nearly doubled with an increase of £1.85 million.

The funding will go to Scotland’s 14 rape crisis centres as well as funding for new services in Orkney and Shetland, as well as providing advocacy and support to those going through the criminal justice process.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie, who will help launch a new Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre project in Hamilton, said:

“This new funding is a clear demonstration of the priority the Scottish Government has given to tackling domestic abuse and sexual offending as well as providing better support to the victims of these heinous crimes.

“I know Rape Crisis Centres across Scotland are doing fantastic work with people who have experienced violence or abuse – near doubling their funding will ensure they can help more people and provide new services.

“This new funding is part of the Scottish Government’s wider commitment to tackling abuse – including plans to legislate for specific crimes of domestic abuse and revenge porn. Taken together these steps will, I hope, help reduce these violent and abusive crimes.”