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Following the recent announcement from government of an additional £40m of funding for victim support services, the MOJ have allocated an additional £241,711 (£146,321 for domestic abuse and £95,390 for sexual violence) to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across West Mercia.

Organisations who provide these vital services are being invited to bid for funding, providing they meet the required criteria which can be found in the documents below.

Domestic Abuse

To be eligible for DA specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced DA at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals.

DA support services could include, but are not limited to:

  • IDVAs;
  • CHIDVAs;
  • Family court support;
  • Face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or
  • Support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/male victims.

Sexual Violence

To be eligible for SV specific funding, the organisation must provide tailored support to female and/or male victims who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any point in their life. This includes adults and children. The funding can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals.

SV support services could include, but are not limited to:

  • ISVAs;
  • CHISVAs;
  • Court support;
  • Face to face or remote counselling for individuals and / or their families; or
  • Support for particular groups such as BAME/ Disabled/ LGBT/ male victims.

We are particularly interested in applications which focus on, or have consideration for, support for men and boys.

How to apply

Please read the attached guidance document

If you are eligible, please complete the documents below and return to us at [email protected] by 12pm on Wednesday 24th February 2020

Unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. You must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of SV or DA cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

For further information, please contact the Commissioning team at [email protected]

IDVA and ISVA funding

There is also the opportunity for the PCC, in conjunction with local services, to bid for additional monies from the MOJ who are providing an additional £12m pot of funding for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) and Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVAs) this financial year. IDVA/ISVA funding is being made available to the PCC for two years until the end of March 2023. Organisations who provide these services across West Mercia will be contact directly to make this application.