The OPCC has agreed the distribution of £39,467 in Ministry of Justice (MOJ) funding to victim services in response to winter pressures from the impacts of COVID
Cleveland OPCC responded to a request from MOJ in December 2021 for information about
demand and pressures on victims services as a result of Covid and the Omicron surge over the
An update was provided and an expression of interest for £102,600 was submitted for Cleveland.
In January 2022 the MOJ contacted the OPCC to confirm that Cleveland was being allocated £39,467 following significant demand for funding. Funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.
Due to a significant increase in demand due to new referrals and the cumulative impact of Covid
pressures, a decision was made to allocate funding. The decision was based on responding to demand and differences across localities.
Services can use funding to increase capacity to meet demand, provide emotional wellbeing support, including increased clinical supervision to build resilience in the workforce, and to buy Covid-related materials and resources.
Funding was distriuted as follows:
- Arch £8,000 (sexual violence, Cleveland-wide)
- Harbour £11,500 (domestic abuse, Stockton and Hartlepool)
- My Sisters Place £7,500 (domestic abuse, Middlesbrough)
- Foundation £3,000 (domestic abuse, Redcar)
- Eva £3,500 (Sexual violence and domestic abuse, Redcar)
- Halo £4,500 (BAME)
- Switch £1,467 (non-specialist domestic abuse support Middlesbrough)