Charities supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, including Fortalice and Beacon Bolton Counselling Service. have received a share of a grant obtained by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

33 charities across the region have been allocated a total of £860,850 to adapt their services to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Fortalice chief executive, Gill Smallwood, said: "Fortalice is extremely grateful for the funding to help with the work we undertake with victims of domestic abuse.

"The funding will help us to provide a live webchat, which can be life saving for a victim. During Covid-19 we have seen a fundamental change in how victims communicate with us.

"This funding will give them an opportunity to reach out silently, ensuring they are heard and kept safe when needed."

Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor, Bev Hughes, said: "This funding boost will help local charities across Greater Manchester to continue to provide emotional and practical support to our most vulnerable individuals."