Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has announced the launch of a fund of up to £400,000 to provide practical and emotional support services for victims of crime.
The funding, provided by the Ministry of Justice, is available for grants to voluntary and community groups, partners in community safety and criminal justice, and private businesses to deliver specialist services to help victims cope with the impact of crime
and recover from the harm they have experienced.
The Commissioner will take over responsibility for these local services from the MoJ in October, and these interim funds are available to be used until the end of March 2015, after which Mr Grove will introduce fully commissioned victims’ services across the Humberside Police Force area of East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.
A further £50,000 has been set aside to train and equip volunteers to support victims of Anti-Social Behaviour and nuisance crimes in the community.
Mr Grove said: “When I meet regularly with victims of crime, they tell me not just of the ordeal they suffered at the hands of the perpetrator, but the support and sometimes lack of support they were given by the police, the criminal justice system and other agencies. The victim must always come first as these crimes erode and damage the lives of not only the victim, but often their families too.
“I want to improve services for all victims of criminality, but in particular those who have suffered the most serious of offences such as sexual and domestic violence, robbery and wounding with intent. Priority will also be given to victims who are persistently and deliberately targeted over a period of time, and the most vulnerable members of our society who may be isolated, lack family or social support, or need assistance in coping
with the aftermath of crime because of age, disability etc.
“I want victims to have the confidence to come forward, knowing they will receive the best service for their needs, free of charge and confidential, that will help them recover from their ordeal and move on with their lives. The funds I grant will be to the organisations and groups who share my vision.”