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Covid 19: Extraordinary funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services

On 19 May 2020, the Ministry of Justice launched a ยฃ20 million COVID-19 extraordinary fund for organisations that support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were asked to administer these funds at a local level on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

The money available in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was assessed by the Ministry of Justice based on our local population size, and as a result £596,000 was made available for our area. This was ring-fenced (had to be spent) as follows:

Domestic abuse services that are already commissioned by PCCs

£ 298,000

Sexual violence services that are already commissioned by PCCs and those that are not currently funded by PCCs

£ 149,000

Domestic abuse services that are not currently commissioned by PCCs

£ 149,000


£ 596,000


How did the Police and Crime Commissioner decide on which organisations should receive the funds?

  • The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner had to follow a process which was set out by the Ministry of Justice.
  • Organisations were asked to submit a funding bid using the assessment criteria provided by the Ministry of Justice.
  • Each application was considered by a funding panel.
  • The panel used the eligibility criteria and an ‘assessment of need’ provided by each organisation on a case by case basis.
  • The panel was made up from; Commissioning Manager Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, a local Domestic Abuse Service Commissioner (Subject Expert on Domestic Abuse), a local Sexual Violence Service Commissioner (Subject Expert on Sexual Violence), a person with lived experience of service provision (Expert by Experience) and an independent panel member.

Which organisations did the panel select to receive some of the funds?

Which organisations applied but will not be receiving funds on this occasion?


If have or are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence and are looking for information and support please visit the Victim Care Unit website. If you are in immediate danger please contact the police on emergency telephone 999.