PCC gives funding to support victims of crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has announced the results of his first round of funding from the Victims of Crime and Restorative Justice Grant.

This first phase of grant funding was to develop the capacity and capability of voluntary sector providers to support victims of crime as well as to deliver victim-centred Restorative Justice (RJ).

The PCC also accepted bids that supported him in consulting with victims of crime and applications to develop a model of support services for victims of domestic violence which aligned to the existing domestic violence provision across the Thames Valley.

Over £600,000 of funding was awarded to a variety of organisations including support services for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, human exploitation and young victims of crime as well as restorative justice services.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted with the quality of bids and breadth of services that this first round of grant funding has attracted.

“This has been an important first step in the process of identifying where there are gaps in services to support victims of crime.

“We will continue to work closely with voluntary sector organisations to understand how services need to develop further to better meet victims needs, and where they need to be more closely integrated so that the best outcomes for victims are achieved.”

A full list of organisations funded is below:

Applicant

Project Title/Theme

Funding Awarded (£ up to)

Windsor and Maidenhead Counselling Service

Counselling

9,300

Sunrise Multicultural

Domestic Violence/FGM

11,029

Reading Voluntary Action

Marketplace development

20,000

Refugee Resource

Counselling

38,760

Thames Valley Partnership

Restorative Justice

46,953

Berkshire Woman’s Aid

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

12,900

Flag DV

Domestic Violence - Legal Advice

9,400

Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks)

Volunteer Organiser

22,590

Reducing the Risk

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

25,000

Victim Support

Restorative Justice

31,253

Victim Support

Consultation

3,137

Victim Support

Market engagement

982

Safe!

Support for Young victims

26,000

Safe!

Consultation

3,325

Mustard Tree

Human Exploitation Service

120,000

PACT

Domestic Violence- children

23,400

Trust House

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

15,226

Rape Crisis (Oxford)

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

30,450

MK Equality Council

Hate Crime

19,184

Circles South East

Sexual Abuse – Restorative Justice

41,000

Trust House

Sexual Abuse – Young people

24,110

Reducing the Risk

Domestic Violence Champions

28,000

Trust House

Sexual Violence - children

15,060

Berkshire Women’s Aid

Develop Domestic Violence Model

30,510

GRAND TOTAL

 

607,569

ENDS

Media enquiries: candy.stallard@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Notes for the Editor:

1. In [November] 2013, the Government announced that Police and Crime Commissioners will become responsible for commissioning emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their local areas from October 2014.

2. There will be a second phase of transitional funding which will include funding for Restorative Justice activity and funding for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) which will closely reflect the 2014-15 priorities of the PCC

· Victims and Restorative Justice Grants competition, details to be announced later in the autumn: indicative allocation, £793,000

3. Phase three is to introduce the new arrangements of contract tendering for commissioned services, from April 2015

· Commissioned services include the regional ‘referral mechanism’ (replacing the existing national, MoJ funded service provided by Victim Support); local ‘non-specialist’ support; victim-centred/pre-sentence Restorative Justice services; and local specialist services: total allocation for 2015-16, £2,467,000

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