A major investment will bring more support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion has secured more than £2million in funding from the Ministry of Justice, for more than 20 new Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) roles.
Working alongside West Mercia Women’s Aid (WMWA), West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) and AXIS, the varied roles will ensure specialist support is provided in a number of different scenarios. This will include tailored support for young people and children, people with physical and learning disabilities, plus the increasing of provision with minority groups.
Commissioner John Campion said “My commitment is to put the needs of victims at the heart of everything we do and I promised I would fight hard to secure these resources. By investing significantly, victim’s right across West Mercia, will be supported, in the best possible way, helping them to cope and recover. I am grateful to the Government and the Ministry of Justice in stepping up and recognising the importance of this, and to those providing this vital service which will have such a positive impact on our communities.”
Sue Coleman, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said “Every contact has to count for those whose lives are blighted by domestic abuse. With this funding we will be able to further expand our teams to ensure swift access to the best possible knowledge and skills for everyone who needs the support of an IDVA in West Mercia.”
Issued: Tuesday 18th May 2021