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Thursday 21 April 2022

Funding available for domestic abuse and sexual violence support groups

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Funding available for domestic abuse and sexual violence support groups

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, is calling for expressions of interest in funding from groups and organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The Ministry of Justice has extended funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services in communities, meaning Police and Crime Commissioners are able to commission local organisations to deliver services for victims.

In order to distribute the funding effectively, Commissioners are required to advertise this opportunity widely and complete a needs assessment so they have the most up to date picture of local needs.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said:

“I’m really pleased that we’ll have this funding available to us. Protecting vulnerable and at-risk people and delivering justice for victims are priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.

“With input from local organisations with specialist knowledge we’ll be able to more effectively target support towards vulnerable victims, helping them on the road to recovery and breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“If you are an organisation in Cheshire who fits the bill here, even if you haven’t worked with the Commissioner’s Office before, I want to hear from you. Please do get in touch with my team as soon as you can.”

Interested organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for the funding. However, they must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, including male victims, disabled people, and people from the LGBT+ and BAME communities.

Organisations bidding for funds will have to show evidence of the need for additional funds and go through a due diligence process. Successful applicants will have to feed back on how the funding has enhanced their work with victims to the Commissioner’s office and the Ministry of Justice.

Needs assessment forms must be completed by 5pm on Friday 22 April and are available upon an expression of interest to the Commissioner’s commissioning team:

Andy Southcott –

Sarah Tilling –

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