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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has secured additional Government funding that will see more Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) recruited to support victims across West Mercia.

The PCC was one of 15 areas across the country who were successful in being awarded the funding. The ISVAs, who are currently commissioned by the PCC, are specially trained to provide tailored support, advice and help to victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

The additional funding will enable the recruitment of several additional members of staff, who will enable more victims to be supported, specifically specialising in supporting male victims and those who have additional needs along with ensuring victims have the right support to cope and recover.

The Government funding has been secured across two years, with the PCC also providing match funding.

The Commissioner said: ”I have always promised that victims and survivors would be at the heart of everything we do. The addition of four ISVAs will continue to deliver on this promise and I am incredibly proud that the Government has recognised the important work that they do throughout West Mercia.

“It is so important that we have the right people in place to help victims and survivors get the right help to cope and recover, and I remain committed to ensuring support is available at every point in the criminal justice system.”

Issued on: Tuesday 7th April 2020