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Police and Crime Commissioner awarded additional funding for victims of crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has been awarded an additional £373,000 to support victims of crime in the Thames Valley.

The funding has been awarded from the Ministry of Justice’s competed fund which offered PCCs the chance to bid for a one off pot of funding to help support the needs of victims in their area.

The PCC was successful in bids totalling £373,000 and this funding will be used to help support adults and young people who have been victims of sexual violence including exploitation, children affected by domestic violence, a victim initiated Restorative Justice for victims of serious crime and trauma counselling.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: "I am delighted that we have been awarded this additional funding to help support victims of crime in the Thames Valley. We submitted a number of bids, and I am pleased that we have been successful in these areas. Much credit goes to the PCC staff who put together such excellent bids that convinced the Ministry of Justice to award us these grants.

“The new definition of domestic abuse, which was announced last year, now recognises that young people in the 16 – 17 age group can be victims of domestic abuse as well so it is important that there are services in place to support them. Domestic abuse is also something that affects the whole family so it is crucial that not only do we support the person directly affected by the abuse but also any children who may have witnessed the abusive behaviour.”