A long-established rape counselling service in Huddersfield has been hit by a funding crisis.

Kirklees and Calderdale Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre has been helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence for 28 years.

But now a big cut in its funding will see key staff axed and its waiting list for counselling has been suspended.

There are already 123 people on the waiting list – and it is feared they may have to wait up to two years, or not get help at all.

Staff at the centre say that last year they provided 1,135 specialist counselling sessions, undertook 304 assessments and supported 3,468 survivors of abuse through its helpline.

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