In February 2021, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced that it would provide an additional £40million to victim support services during 2021/22.
Funding was awarded to focus in on areas that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Through data provided from services via by Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), we know the following:
- Demand for sexual violence (SV) and domestic abuse (DA) support services has increased significantly;
- Due to issues throughout the criminal justice system, many victims require greater and longer support through the CJS’
- Small specialist services have found it hard to build capacity and pivot the infrastructure oftheir services;
- The picture varies across local areas; we know there are ‘hotspots’ with particular need.
- Nationally the MoJ have provided PCC areas with a national uplift of just under £9 million for
- domestic abuse and £4.6 million for sexual violence community-based support.
Local allocations have been calculated based on the previous Covid emergency funding distribution amounts.
The uplift funding is ring-fenced for SV and DA services only.
To secure the uplift funding, PCCs were required to submit an expression of interest to the MoJ
based on allocated amounts. For Cleveland these amounts were as follows:
- Domestic Abuse – £220,073
- Sexual Violence – £42,994
Following the expression of interest, funding has been allocated as follows:
Sexual Violence Support
- A Way Out – £15,994
- Arch Teesside – £17,000
- Eva – £10,000
- Eva – £19,270
- Foundation – £41,155
- Harbour – £78,924
- My Sisters Place – £58,624
- Switch – £22,10