PCCs have wide ranging powers to commission or provide victims’ services and are able to use a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) annual grant funding to do this.
At a national level, the MoJ commissions a witness service, a homicide service, support for victims of human trafficking, support for victims of rape through rape support centres, some victims’ national telephone helplines and some other support for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has responsibility to commission services which enable victims to cope and recover. Each PCC is responsible for adherence to the Victims Code and EU Directive.
Putting victims and survivors first is a key priority for the PCC, John Campion. He has committed additional funding from his grant budget to complement the Ministry of Justice grant and commissions’ specialist services for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Commissioning is the process for deciding how to use the resources available to secure outcomes in the most efficient, effective, and sustainable way, responding to local need, delivering best value and ensuring a continuous review process is implemented. Commissioned services can be funded either through a contract or a grant.
The funding pages show how these services are commissioned in your area, and what the funding pays for. The funding pages are also where communities can find out about grant funding and how to apply for it.