Emergency funding to support charities helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence
On 2 May, the Government announced a package of £76 million extra funding to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of £20 million of this money will be administered by the Ministry of Justice through Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales.
PCC Katy Bourne has been allocated £576,000 to distribute to organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Sussex.
Local organisations who fit these criteria are now being invited to bid into this pot of money by 5pm on 1 June.
Mrs Bourne said: “I already commission and work closely with a number of support services across our county so I know the financial struggles they are facing during this pandemic as they rapidly adapt their services to ensure that help remains available to those in need.
“The work they do in our communities is always vital but, arguably, even more so now that the risk to so many has been heightened by the social distancing restrictions in place.
"This is why this additional funding from the Ministry of Justice is very welcome.
“We are now contacting organisations we already work with to make them aware but there is also money available to those who we don’t currently fund. If you are working in our communities to support victims of these crimes and could use some help, please come forward and apply.”
The PCC’s £576,000 will be divided among three types of support services:
• Domestic abuse services the PCC already commissions: £288,000
• Domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by the PCC: £144,000
• Sexual violence services, whether already commissioned by the PCC or not: £144,000
For more information, or to make an application for funding, visit the PCC website here: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/coronavirus-information/
Applications can come from organisations of any size, including small specialist organisations that support particular groups such as BAME, disabled or LGBT victims who have experienced sexual or domestic abuse.
Any organisation looking to make a bid must get in touch with the PCC’s office without delay, as the deadline for applications is the 1st of June.