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Additional £166,000 funding secured for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber has awarded an additional £166,937 Ministry of Justice funding to organisations supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

The Ministry of Justice Critical Support Fund encompasses support for domestic abuse and sexual violence community organisations and provision of Independent Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse Advisors (ISVA/IDVA).  The fund is aimed at supporting organisations in greatest need across England and Wales. Four organisations in the Thames Valley have been awarded funding.

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner said “I am committed to supporting victims of crime across the Thames Valley. I have welcomed the government funding opportunities over the last year to support organisations working with victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence but also know that some organisations continue to struggle following the impact of the pandemic and the subsequent increase in victims requiring support.

“I am pleased this additional funding aims to support those organisations in most need and that I’ve been able to secure funding for four organisations in the Thames Valley; helping them to continue to provide core services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.”

Funding has been awarded to organisations to cover core domestic abuse and sexual violence services, counselling support, and the provision of Children and Young person’s Independent Sexual Violence/Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVA and ISVA).

The ISVA and IDVA posts will be funded for two years. All other elements of the funding will be awarded for a one year period.

In addition to the PCC allocation, Trust House Reading has received £41,794 directly from the Male Rape Support Service fund to support male victims of sexual violence.



Notes to Editors

Organisations funded:

Critical Support Fund – Community Based Services

  • Flag DV
  • Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre
  • Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service

Critical Support Fund – ISVA/IDVA posts

  • The Dash Charity
  • Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre


Ministry of Justice Funding 

The full allocations of the Critical Support Fund for England and Wales are:

Critical Support Fund £2.8m

  • Community-based support (£1.5m)
  • ISVA/IDVA roles (£1.3m)

Male Rape Support Service Fund  £1.4m

The funding is being distributed via Police and Crime Commissioners through an Expressions Of Interest (EOI) process. 

Full details of the funds can be found in the MoJ Guidance


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