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.
Devon Rape Crisis Service has recently formed and is getting ready to deliver services to women across the county who have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence.
To do so, we need to recruit volunteers to work on our telephone helpline and to offer face to face support and advocacy to women.
Volunteers receive acredited training, support, supervision and expenses and the next course starts in February 2012.
"I feel like I have a much calmer outlook in how I deal with difficult emotions. It has given me space to process my experiences safely."
"It helped me move forward. I have been able to leave my house and go out. I can now do things I never thought I would be able to do again."
"Helped to make sense of things and re-assurance that just because he was found not guilty doesn't mean it didn't happen."