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21st Jul 20
Funding from the Ministry of Justice has enabled around £249,000 to be awarded to support and extend domestic and sexual abuse services in Northamptonshire.
Organisations working with victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence were able to apply for the extra Government funding through the office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, to support them through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six organisations were successful in their bid for a share of the funding to tackle short-term disruption to their services due to the pandemic, help support essential costs of their current activities, such as moving to remote working, and to meet increased demand for their services due to Covid-19.
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “This is a welcome boost for organisations providing vital services so that they can remain open, and offer additional support if needed, during these unprecedented times we are living in.
“Support for victims is at the heart of my Police and Crime plan for Northamptonshire and I want to ensure this extra funding is shared in Northamptonshire as quickly as possible so that organisations can continue to give help to the vulnerable people who need it most.”
The Ministry of Justice made available up to £63,000 for sexual violence services and a further £63,000 for organisations providing domestic abuse services.
The funding also allowed the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to bid for a further £126,000 to support or extend domestic and sexual abuse services that he already provides or commissions.
The organisations that received funding are:
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
– Voice for Victims and Witnesses was awarded £64,975 – to purchase equipment so that emotional and practical support can be provided online, and to increase the ways in which victims can access support, to undertake a campaign raising awareness on child on parent violence and signposting to relevant support (will work together with the Rise bid). To provide additional training to staff in relation to domestic abuse and sexual violence with nationally accredited programmes and to undertake an educational and support programme aimed at the risks facing children and young people online in respect of sexual offences.
– Rise was awarded £60,374.00 – for activity that focuses on working with victims of Domestic Abuse where children are violent in the family home. This will involve working with both parents and children and young people through a programme and 1:1 work.
– Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Alliance was awarded £31,890 – to go towards increasing capacity to provide outreach support for children who have experienced Domestic Abuse, this will include programme provision and targeted 1:1 work across the county.
– Eve was awarded £31,092 – to increase capacity to support adult victims of Domestic Abuse and their children/young people, involving programmes and 1:1 activity.
– Northamptonshire Rape Crisis was awarded £25,000 – to increase Independent Sexual Violence Advisor capacity so that more victims can receive support and providing additional PPE equipment where face to face contact is necessary.
– ASSIST Trauma Care was awarded £35,880 – to provide therapeutic support for victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence through delivery of a step by step programme and individual support sessions.