How is the Police and Crime Commissioner supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence?
The Commissioner’s new ten year, £20 million, strategic partnership with Victim Support is focused on delivering long term stability for victims and for the sector - identifying gaps and investing to meet those needs.
In 2022-23 local investment in support services for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse has been increased and totals just over £3.7 million. This investment is helping to secure access to ensure trauma informed, therapeutic services for victims of reported and non-reported crimes, including in 2022/23 investing:
- over £1M for provision of Independent Sexual Violence Advocates and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates to provide dedicated specialist support to victims
- £883,000 to provide support for medium and high-risk victims of domestic abuse
- £687,000 to support victims of sexual violence
This year’s investment also includes new services to support children and young people who are victims of sexual violence and to enhance therapeutic and peer support services for adult victims, through bespoke commissioned services from Barnardo’s, CLEAR, First Light, Women’s Centre Cornwall and the Children’s Society. This investment is for three years and is supported by an additional £612,000 per annum in funding from the Ministry of Justice.
In its role as the Commissioner’s Strategic Delivery Partner, Victim Support has commissioned ‘We Matter’ - a new digital service providing specialist support to children and young people who’ve experienced and witnessed domestic abuse in the home. This service provides an eight-session group programme for 8–17-year-olds, who are no longer living with the alleged perpetrator.
Information on how to access support can be found at the FAQ below ‘I am a victim of violence; how can I access support?’