Covid-19 Extraordinary DA & SV Funding

Covid-19 Extraordinary Ministry of Justice Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Services

On 2nd May 2020 the Government announced a package of £76m extra funding to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, vulnerable children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Justice asked Police and Crime Commissioners to support the distribution of £20m of this funding in local areas.  Cambridgeshire was allocated a maximum of £288k ringfenced into the following three categories:

  • Domestic abuse services – already commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner (£144k)
  • Sexual Violence Support Services – including those already commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner and those who are not currently in receipt of funding from the Commissioner (£72k)
  • Domestic abuse services – not currently commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner (£72k)

The funding was “for March 24 to October 31, 2020 to meet the additional costs registered charities or social enterprises had incurred or expected to incur while adapting their services during the pandemic and to cope with demand increases resulting from it, during this time period”.  Local PCCs were asked to design a process to assess the need for this funding across their area and submit their proposed spends to the Ministry of Justice for approval.

Cambridgeshire Needs Assessment 

The Cambridgeshire process opened on Friday 22nd May three days after receipt of the letter from the MoJ.  A locally developed six-page guide clearly set out how the bids would be assessed in the county (attached below). Bidders were asked to email an expression of interest and complete and submit a short Excel form to justify their incurred and expected spends.

Successful Bids to the Fund

Cambridgeshire received 14 bids to the fund which were assessed by two experienced commissioners: the OPCC’s Head of Strategic Partnerships and Commissioning and the Local Authority Domestic Abuse Partnership Manager alongside an independent consultant. Recommendations were presented to the Acting Commissioner for sign off before being submitted to the Ministry of Justice for final approval.

The MoJ approved all awards and the following 12 organisations were made aware that they were successful on June 24.

  • Cambridge & Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership            
  • The Meadows Children and Family Wing
  • Choices
  • One Voice 4 Travellers
  • NSPCC
  • Refuge
  • Peterborough Women’s Aid
  • Family Action
  • The Hampton Trust (Hampshire and The Isle of Wight)
  • Embrace Child Victims of Crime
  • Cambridge Women’s Aid
  • Cambridgeshire Deaf Association