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Northumbria PCC Launches Supporting Victims Fund 2016-17

5th February 2016

Vera Baird QC, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is delighted to launch the second year of the PCC ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ providing financial support to strengthen and enhance victim services across Northumbria.

The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.

Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.  In Northumbria we are striving to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover.

Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations. The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations.

We particularly welcome applications that provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support – taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria we have identified the following grant themes:

  • Young people under 18
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Victims with mental health needs and those at risk of abuse and harm

The fund is open from today with the closing date for applications being Sunday 28th February 2016.

For further information about the fund and to access the application form and guidance documents, please visit the Commissioning and Grants section of the PCC website by clicking here.