Additional Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Funding
The Ministry of Justice has awarded Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby with an additional £193,014 in this year’s Victim Services Grant award. The money has been ringfenced to improve support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the county.
A total of £129,851 will be shared between organisations supporting victims of domestic abuse and £63,163 will be awarded to specialist sexual violence support providers.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will be working in partnership with colleagues from the local authority Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership to allocate the funding based on evidenced need and sustainability of future service provision.
The OPCC invites any organisation providing support services who did not engage with previous funding rounds, but who would now like to be considered for funding to get in touch initially by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of interest must be received by Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 12noon. Organisations will then be asked to complete a more detailed costed bid showing that the funding could be spent within the grant funding period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The timeframe to do this is extremely short so organisations keen to secure funds are advised to get in touch as soon as possible.
Organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. Organisations who provide tailored support for victims with protected characteristics will be particularly welcomed.
Domestic abuse (DA) funding conditions
To be eligible for DA specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced DA at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals. DA support services could include, but are not limited to: IDVAs; family court support; face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/male victims.
Funding for support for victims of DA in safe accommodation is subject to a separate funding process run by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This funding cannot be used to provide accommodation or the support services within it.
Sexual violence (SV) funding conditions
To be eligible for SV specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals. SV support services could include, but are not limited to: ISVAs; CHISVAs; Court support; face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/ male victims.
Funding cannot be used for:
- Capital works e.g. building repairs but can be used for other capital costs such as ICT equipment to enhance your communications and help reach local people.
- Goods or services that have been bought or ordered before 1 April 2021 or after 31 March 2022
- Payment of any outstanding debts prior to 1 April 2021.
National IDVA & ISVA Fund
The Ministry of Justice is also inviting OPCCs to apply toincrease advocacy support for victims and survivors of SV and DA. In Cambridgeshire this bid will be developed in partnership with Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership, who provide the countywide ISVA Service, and the local authority who provide the countywide IDVA provision.
Critical Support Fund
The Ministry of Justice is also making £1.5m available nationally for services to address waiting lists at critical levels. The details of this fund will be released in March. Bids will be co-ordinated through OPCCs.