The decision by the Ministry of Justice to allocate additional funding to Police and Crime Commissioners to support specialist voluntary and community organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence has been welcomed by Acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Steve White.
Across County Durham and Darlington, an additional £400,000 of funding has been made available and so far thirteen organisations have benefited from this. These specialist organisations have faced unprecedented challenges, as they adapt and change how they deliver their vital services, during the COVID-19 Crisis. The additional funding is being used to ensure organisations can:
- Continue to provide tailored support to enable victims to cope with and recover from their experience;
- Address any short term income disruption as a result of COVID-19 e.g. fundraising activities;
- Meet essential costs of sustaining current activities, such as purchasing equipment that means help can be delivered differently e.g. introduction of video call appointments;
- Secure additional staff to cover those unable to work for reasons related to the pandemic;
- Address an increase in demand.
Steve White Acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “It is fantastic that nationally there has been an acknowledgement that our key support organisations needed additional funding to adapt in order to continue to provide their vital services. We are aware of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the victims of these crimes and their families, therefore it was a welcome surprise when we were allocated more funding than we initially anticipated. This means we can assist more organisations to adapt in order to deliver their services in this ever changing environment and therefore more victims can be supported.”
Posted on Tuesday 14th July 2020