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Support for those making a real difference in challenging times

18 February 2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner and his team have worked with partners across the whole sector to identify community-based projects that will help address his priorities and work locally to protect vulnerable people, support victims of crime, and prevent offending.

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The pandemic has brought new challenges for all of us. Like many other organisations, charities and community organisations have come under financial pressure and seen changes in demand, and in the way they need to deliver the services they offer.

“These organisations have been working hard on behalf of the victims and vulnerable in our communities and it is my wish to do everything possible to support them in their work to keep us safer.”

“Within the limited resources available, and with the expert advice and local knowledge from MPs, Community Safety Partnerships, District Commanders from Hampshire Constabulary, and other partners, such as domestic abuse and sexual crime commissioners, we have been able to identify and agree funding to support many of those who are making a real difference in these times of challenge.”

The Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund was set up to support victims and help prevent offending. In this funding round the Commissioner received 93 applications totalling £2,839,889, exceeding by far the amount of funding available. There were 57 successful grant applications totalling £1,171,373.

The funding that the Commissioner invests in projects and services to protect our communities is allocated from two sources: The Ministry of Justice provides an annual grant which is dedicated to supporting victims of crime; and an annual amount that is allocated from central government funding.

In addition to the Safer Communities grants, the Commissioner has agreed support for the four Youth Offending Teams in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton and invested in a number of contracts and funding agreements for 2021/22. These are as follows:

  • Victim Care Service for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Support to victims of Domestic Abuse across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Support for victims of Sexual Abuse across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Therapeutic counselling for victims of Sexual Crime across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Therapeutic counselling for young victims of sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and ‘Missing, Exploited and Trafficked’
  • Victim Support worker at the Sexual Abuse Referral Centre
  • Working with perpetrators of Domestic Abuse in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Restorative Justice Services across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Integrated Offender Management in Hampshire

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