Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre will receive an additional £37,000 in Scottish Government funding in 2018-19, it has been confirmed.

The allocation is part of an extra £1.5million that will be provided to 14 rape crisis centres across Scotland over the next three years.

Welcoming the announcement, Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre provides a vital service to local victims and this extra funding will help to ensure that more people can receive support more quickly.

“This investment is part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to ensure that every victim of rape or sexual assault feels able to come forward and access the right support.”

Rape crisis centres offer free and confidential emotional and practical support to people who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Announcing the allocations to the 14 centres, Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie said it would help them to bolster their resources and plan for the future.