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A service to help rape and sexual assault victims across Devon is being launched.

The Devon Rape Crisis Service said it would provide a helpline and face-to-face support.

Devon and Cornwall Police said about 600 women report rape or sexual assault in the county each year.

The Ministry of Justice has funded the project and provided about £250,000 for the service, which will offer phone support for 20 hours a week.

The money will fund running costs of the first year and a proportion of the second and third, the chair of the board of trustees Linda Regan said.

After calling the helpline, volunteers will offer support in person, across the county.

Ms Regan said the current support services in Plymouth, will be extended across the county.


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