Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for all victims of crime.
The Ministry of Justice provides Commissioners with a grant each year to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be put in place.
Central government regularly releases opportunities to bid for additional funding for specific purposes. These proposals are always developed in partnership, but often led by the Commissioner’s office.
Cambridgeshire has an integrated model of support services which revolves around a Victim and Witness Hub.
A number of co-located services work alongside the Victim and Witness Hub staff, including specialists who provide support for migrant victims of modern slavery and/or exploitation, and victims requiring mental health support.
The Hub also offers restorative justice interventions.
The Commissioner also contributes funding to specialist third sector providers who support survivors of rape and sexual violence through a countywide service.
Victims of domestic abuse can also access a wide range of help and support which is jointly provided by the local authority and specialist services.