A new centre for rape and sexual assault victims will open in central Lancashire in the next year, the Government has announced today.
The centre is one of four new support centres that will open across the country, bringing the total to 78 across England and Wales.
The new centres will be backed with £4m in funding, provide specialist counselling for victims of sexual assault or rape.
The other new centres will be in Reading, Avon and Somerset, and Lincolnshire.
Since the 2010 coalition agreement, nine new centres have opened in Northumbria, Leeds, Southend, Suffolk and mid-Wales, Hereford, Devon, Dorset and Trafford.
A total of 65 were in place before 2010, all of which will receive continued funding.
Victims’ minister Helen Grant said: “I want more victims of rape or sexual assault to come forward and get the specialist help they need to recover from these sickening crimes.”