Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will now manage £31.55 million budget from the Ministry of Justice to provide victims’ support services.
Crime can leave victims feeling upset, scared and frightened. With their local knowledge, PCCs are best placed to target funding where the help is most needed in their local communities. They have been working with local victims’ groups to identify the services most important to victims of crime in their areas, and more money than ever before is now being spent on emotional, practical and specialist support to help victims of crime cope and, as far as possible, recover.
This funding includes money raised from offenders through the ‘Victim Surcharge’ – money courts order offenders to pay which goes to help support victims of crime.
Meeting local needs
Local victims’ services funding will support projects aimed at helping victims of sexual and domestic abuse, hate crime, young and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims among others. They will also fund restorative justice projects which bring the victim together with the offender to try to find a way forward.
Some services, such as the court-based witness service, and the homicide service will remain nationally funded by the Ministry of Justice.
Visit the Thinglink website to see some of the projects being funded across England and Wales through PCCs.