The Police and Crime Commissioner is to make recommendations to the Ministry of Justice this week to secure essential additional resources for local Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services.
Applications from local charities are currently being evaluated by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s team to determine which meet the set criteria and can be recommended to receive a slice of the £25 million Ministry of Justice fund. This funding round is for community based services and follows on from the Government announcement on Friday of funding that has now been awarded to charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation services. The Ministry of Justice will review the recommendations and decide on funding allocations.
Enzo Riglia, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is important that those who are afraid and isolated, know they are not alone, there is support out there both from the police and local agencies. If you or someone you know is living with abuse, seek help.
“Our communities must also be alert to the signs and look out for each other. If you suspect someone is being harmed, seek help – you might be their lifeline.
“The necessary restrictions put in place while the government tries to slow the spread of the virus can leave those living with domestic abuse isolated in the house with their abuser, without their normal support networks.
“Our partners are working hard to ensure vital support is available for those who are experiencing abuse. They have reshaped their services so they can provide that support online and on the phone, and be accessible as much as possible. I have been working with them to help meet the increase in demand.
“While our collective focus is on those affected by the trauma of domestic abuse, we also have in place advice for perpetrators of the abuse to help them stop their harmful behaviour.”
Visit the Domestic abuse section on our Coronavirus page to find out more about the services available for both victims and perpetrators