Domestic abuse and sexual violence victims’ services to share £380,000 funding pot
Eleven local organisations providing domestic abuse or sexual violence support will receive additional funding during the Covid-19 pandemic, sharing a pot of almost £380,000 allocated to the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office (SCO).
The SCO successfully bid for the Ministry of Justice’s emergency grant to cover the period from 24 March to 31 October 2020. The funding is designed to help charities and organisations meet the additional costs of adapting during the pandemic and cope with increases in demand resulting from it.
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis said: ‘We received 12 funding bids from 11 local service providers, and I’m delighted to say they will all receive the maximum amount they requested.
‘The way local services have adapted to the challenges of Covid-19 has been truly impressive and they have all found new ways to continue supporting vulnerable people during the lockdown.
‘This additional funding will offer a much-needed financial boost to those services to allow them to continue their vital work providing help and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
‘The pandemic has already brought many extra challenges and pressures for so many organisations, and I know many are gearing up for the anticipated increase in demand as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.
‘I’d like to thank those organisations for their hard work and commitment and reassure our communities help and advice is still available online and over the phone, providing support when you need it most.’
The providers receiving funding are:
· Women’s Aid
· Vodafone Foundation
· Citizens Advice Bureaux
· Catch 22
· Victim Support
Find out more about the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office’s work to support victims of domestic abuse: https://staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/initiatives/domes