Vulnerable victims of sexual violence, including children, will benefit from increased support following a financial boost for agencies in Cleveland.
Following successful applications supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, three local support services have been granted a share of a £74,148 investment by NHS England.
Safe in Tees Valley, EVA Women’s Aid and Arch North East will all benefit from the national investment, and will use the funds as follows:
- Safe in Tees Valley (£28,341) – The funds will be used to maintain the role of the SARC Link Worker for 12 months. The Link Worker is responsible for building relationships between sexual violence agencies and the healthcare sector, to ensure swift and safe referrals from medical staff.
- Eva Women’s Aid (£30,000) – Eva will now be able to offer their counselling service to new clients in need of support. Their sexual violence counselling service was previously paused for new clients due to funding shortages.
- Arch North East (£15,807) – The funding will increase the provision of specialist therapeutic support for victims of sexual violence aged between 5 and 13.
Commissioning high-quality support services for victims of crime is a primary responsibility of Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and forms a central pillar of his Police and Crime Plan.
He said: “I’m delighted that by working with my office, these agencies will now be able to enhance the expert service they already provide and continue to build bridges with colleagues in other sectors.
“We are so lucky in Cleveland that all of our victim services have been able to maintain a level of service during the Covid-19 pandemic and that speaks volumes about the staff and volunteers who make it happen.
“I know this investment will make a real difference to children and adults living through the aftermath of the most horrendous crimes.”
Richinda Taylor, Chief Executive of Eva Women’s Aid said: “"We are delighted the PCC has agreed to fund us again to provide this vital service in Redcar and Cleveland.
“Counselling is a key part of the recovery process for some victims of sexual violence and this money will be a great help towards funding our specialist Counsellors."
Victim services are continuing to operate during lockdown. A list of services can be found on the PCC website: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Information/CoronavirusCovid19/Coronavirus-Information-for-victims.aspx
Posted on Friday 15th May 2020