Derbyshire Commissioner Alan Charles is honouring his pledge to prioritise domestic abuse under his governance by awarding grant funding to a voluntary support service.
Commissioner Charles is awarding a crime and disorder grant to Next Steps which provides medium risk domestic violence support services to vulnerable victims and their families in South Derbyshire. The charity has reached the end of its current lottery funding and Derbyshire County Council’s medium risk outreach tender is not yet available so the organisation requires gap funding worth £129K until a tender can be submitted.
The Council has offered an Adult Care grant up to a maximum of £65,802 as an interim measure to allow the charity to continue providing its services and other funding has been secured, leaving a total shortfall of £34,792.
The Commissioner has agreed to offer a crime and disorder grant for the shortfall value of £34,792 to ensure the organisation is able to continue its work.
Commissioner Charles said: “From the outset, I have outlined my commitment to tackling domestic abuse and providing a better, more supportive service to all victims of crime - particularly those of domestic abuse. This grant supports the message I communicated in my manifesto to treat domestic abuse seriously and will ensure that vulnerable victims in South Derbyshire continue to benefit from the support services this charity offers.
“Domestic abuse is one of the biggest threats facing the county in terms of crime and we have a responsibility to channel resources into the investigation of this type of violence and into helping its victims in their recovery.”
Julie Johnson of Next Steps said: “Alan Charles has been a tremendous support in helping us meet our funding goal. He has been instrumental in pulling it together with a number of partners and I can’t thank him enough. We can now continue to deliver an advice and support service for both men and women who need our help – and we are currently receiving in the region of 30-40 new contacts each month.”
Under the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011, Police and Crime Commissioners have powers to award crime and disorder grants to organisations and projects they consider will help them achieve their crime prevention goals and wider priorities.
In his Police and Crime Plan, Commissioner Charles outlines his aim to “keep people, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, safe from harm, antisocial behaviour and criminal activities”. Part of his strategy involves joining up with stakeholders experienced in domestic abuse work to support suitable intervention programmes.
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Posted on Thursday 21st March 2013