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New funding to provide specialist help to victims of serious crime

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is inviting local organisations to bid for a share of a new grant to enhance support for the most vulnerable victims of crime.

Commissioner Charles has ring-fenced £100,000 for the Capability and Capacity Building for Victims’ grant which is to be invested in services that provide specialised help to victims who fall within one of three categories. These are victims of the most serious crime, persistently targeted victims and vulnerable and intimidated victims.

From October 1, Commissioner Charles took over responsibility for the provision of victims’ and witness’ services which included the transfer of funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to commission local support services. From this budget, the Commissioner has reserved £100,000 for the provision of specialist services that concentrate on the recovery of victims from one of the three specific areas.

Experienced voluntary or local authority organisations are being invited to apply for a maximum of £50,000 from the fund, which will cover a 12-month period. Organisations can only apply for funding for one capability and capacity project in any single year however each applicant can apply for grants from other funding streams provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Commenting on the announcement, Commissioner Charles said: “This new funding resource supports key aims outlined in my Police and Crime Plan, specifically to improve the support to victims of crime in the county and to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe from harm.

“Crime shatters lives and continues to have a detrimental impact on mental health long after the closure of criminal justice proceedings. Victims of the most serious types of offending and those who are persistently targeted have different, more acute needs and this fund will prioritise their recovery by delivering specialised help that is essential to their ability to cope with their experiences.”

Organisations intending to apply for funding will face a rigorous application process and will be required to provide evidence confirming that the service they provide is specific to victims who fall within one or more of the categories.

Eligible victims for the specialised recovery services could include a close relative bereaved by criminal conduct, victims of domestic violence, hate crime, terrorism, sexual offences, human trafficking, attempted murder, arson with intent to endanger life and those who have been deliberately targeted over a period of time or through a sustained campaign of harassment or stalking. 

The Commissioner anticipates that the grant will provide an organisation with an opportunity to run a pilot project to trial new approaches for supporting victims of crime.

The closing date for applications is 1 December 2014. To find out more about the application process, visit http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx


Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Friday 31st October 2014
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