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Police and Crime Commissioner awards £1m to support services for victims

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today (1/10) announced the results of his second round of funding from the Victims of Crime and Restorative Justice Grant.

In September the PCC announced his priority areas for victims of crime and offered over £1m to the organisations that help support them and nearly £1m of funding has now been awarded to 32 separate projects from across the Thames Valley.

The second phase of transitional grant funding was intended to provide services for victims of crime to help them cope with the immediate impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

The successful projects include:

  • Support services for victims of sexual assault
  • Support services for victims of domestic abuse and their children
  • Support services for male victims of domestic abuse
  • Support services for young victims of crime and their parents
  • Support services for victims of child sexual exploitation
  • Victim –centred restorative justice services
  • A project to help tackle female genital mutilation
  • Third party reporting mechanisms for victims of hate crime
  • The establishment of a ‘child-on-parent’ violence project.

The funding announcement comes the same day that PCCs across the country officially take on the responsibility for commissioning new emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their area

In the Thames Valley the PCC will initially be grant funding services before moving to commissioning in April 2015.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “I am delighted with the range and strength of the applications we received.

“We have been working 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.”