Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has secured more than £400k of extra funding to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence amid the pandemic.
The funding, which amounts to £424,514, comes on top of the PCC’s usual Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Victim Services’ Grant.
Distribution will be fast-tracked to help charities and support providers cope with the additional pressure and strain of soaring demand during health crisis.
The PCC is preparing to submit a further bid to the MoJ for additional Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) funding.
“Across Nottinghamshire, our support workers and volunteers are working tirelessly to respond to the surge in calls for help and support during the pandemic,” said Mr Tipping.
“Their dedication and passion is extraordinary but they are under immense strain and it is vital these services have the resources and backup needed to cope under the pressure,” said Mr Tipping.
“Staying at home can be a terrifying experience for anyone who is suffering at the hands of an abuser, and seeking help far more risky. It is critical we reduce isolation and continue to offer survivors a safe and effective means of sharing their experiences so they can be protected from harm.
“Supporting victims of crime, especially victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, is one of my highest priorities and through this additional funding we will ensure anyone who needs help has access to the best possible support available.”
During 2020-21, the PCC secured over £954k from the MoJ to support local services delivering help to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
This investment has provided equipment for providers to work remotely and increase staffing hours to deliver critical services such as the domestic abuse helpline.
For 2021-22, the MoJ has been awarded £196,355 for Domestic Abuse Support across Nottinghamshire, £139,533 for Sexual Violence Support and an additional £88,626 for the Rape Support Fund .
The PCC is inviting organisations which support domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors who think they may need additional funding to complete an Expression of Interest which must be returned no later than midnight on 28 February.
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Posted on Tuesday 16th February 2021