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Support charity for child and adult victims of sexual assault gets funding boost

PUBLISHED: 11:08 07 April 2017

DCI Angie Chapman presents the £800 cheque to Mary Trevillion from Family Matters.

DCI Angie Chapman presents the £800 cheque to Mary Trevillion from Family Matters.

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Family Matters received £800

A Gravesend charity which supports children and adult victims of serious sexual assaults has received an £800 donation.

Family Matters provides Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, who are specially trains to look after victims’ needs and ensure they receive the care and understanding they need in the wake of an attack.

Kent Police donated £800 to the charity via the Kent Police Property Fund - a financial pot funded by selling off goods seized from criminal activity.

According to police, the number of referrals to the charity has gone up in recent years.

Det Insp Geoff Payne said: “Family Matters provides an excellent service to victims of sexual offences and there has been an increase in referrals from Kent Police over the last couple of years.

“I am so pleased to have been able to help them in a small way for all the amazing work they do.”

As well as providing support, the charity also offers assistance to victims all the way through the criminal justice system, from reporting a crime, to the trial.

It currently costs Family Matters £600 to allow a victim 12 sessions of counselling.

Mary Trevillion, CEO of Family Matters said: ‘I’d like to thank Kent Police for this donation which will help to ensure we can provide essential support to a vulnerable victim.

“As a local charity, every single donation helps to make a difference, and if anyone is able to help, I would ask them to visit our website for details: http://familymattersuk.org/home”.

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