£1million fund to help those who support victims of crime in Milton Keynes


A £1million pot has been created to help organisations that support victims of crime.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, announced the initiative this week.

From October his office will be responsible for commissioning new emotional and practical support services for victims of crime, initially by grant funding services before taking over commissioning next April.

Mr Stansfeld is particularly encouraging bids for his priority areas:

* Practical and emotional support for victims of sexual assault;

* Practical and emotional support for victims of domestic violence;

* Practical and emotional support for child and young victims of crime;

* Psychological counselling for victims in the priority categories and/or victims who have been unable to recover from the impact of the crime;

* Third party reporting mechanism for victims of hate crime;

* Victim-centred restorative justice.

Applications for grants will close at midday on September 12.

Mr Stansfeld said: “Supporting victims of crime is one of my key priorities and I want to make sure that services are available to help victims cope and recover from the harm they have experienced.

“There are many organisations that provide crucial support to victims of crime and I hope that this funding will assist them in continuing with their current work and even building on it by creating new projects where there are gaps in service.

“I am particularly keen to see applications that will be supporting my priority areas which include victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and young people as well as services that provide psychological counselling or victim centred restorative justice.”

For more information visit www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk