Funding is provided on an annual basis by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to me to support work with victims of crime and their families which I have used to commission services through my Supporting Victims Fund. I receive this allocation based on a population formula, which in Northumbria for the 2021-22 year means a grant of £1,702,736. I also received extra funding of £33,657 from the MOJ for an LGBT+ Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
If you are a victim of crime or have been in the past and require support please take time to read the document below which includes a list of organisations I have funded and the support they can offer you.
Please note, if you are a victim of crime during the Coronavirus Pandemic, our services continue to offer support but may have had to adapt their ways of working at this time.
Grants and Awards 2021/22
In addition to the MoJ funding where the allocation is specifically for victims of crime, I can also make grants as outlined in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2012 to contribute to securing crime and disorder reduction in the area.
A full list of every grant I have made in 2021-22 can be found by accessing the following link
My Violence Reduction Unit also makes grants. More information can be found here.
Victims First Northumbria
In 2021-22 £800,000 has been awarded to Northumbria Police to deliver the core victim service – Victims First Northumbria, which will completely revitalise the victim referral process and service for victims of crime in Northumbria. Victims First Northumbria enables victims of crime and their family to cope and recover from the impact of crime.
The support provided to all victims, both who report to the police and those who do not falls generally into four broad categories;
- Initial emotional and practical support including signposting
- More detailed/longer term emotional and practical support including restorative justice and support through-out a court process
- Support and referral to specialist services that can help a victim cope and recover
You can find out more about the Victims First service by visiting their website www.victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk
Supporting Victims Fund 2021-22
The PCC’s Supporting Victims Fund was first launched in 2015 to strengthen the overall offer of support to victims in Northumbria and improves and widens the specialist services available to our most vulnerable and priority victims. Priority victims are those that are entitled to an enhanced support service under the Victims Code of Practice, Victims Charter and the EU Directive for Victims of Crime.
My assessment for the 2021-22 year builds on our understanding of services, demand and need since 2015 and is based upon Northumbria wide and local strategic assessments identifying levels of crime, new and emerging crimes, issues facing our area where victim needs may arise and also local research and consultation with victims groups, community safety partnerships and service providers.
The key themes within the Supporting Victims Fund this year are:
- Domestic abuse
- Sexual assault and abuse
- Young people and child victims
- Victims of hate crime
- Victims with mental health needs
- Victims with other vulnerabilities
A range of grant awards have been made as part of the PCCs Supporting Victims Fund and the list of supported groups and organisations is included within the list of funded groups at the top of this page.
You can view the terms and conditions document of the Supporting Victims Fund grants by clicking on the following links
Monitoring and evaluation
All grants have been awarded with the agreement that output and outcome monitoring information will be provided either quarterly or every six months with regular grant surgeries to discuss performance and practical delivery to ensure the work delivered through the grant meets expectations. A summary impact of the OPCC grants programme will be reported in my Annual Report 2021-22.
Anti-Social Behaviour Volunteer Network
In 2014-15 North Tyneside Council was financially supported to launch their ‘volunteer victim support group’ to support victims of anti-social behaviour to cope and recover following an incident or sustained attacks. The project proved successful with a high demand for the service and 16 ASB Volunteers fully trained to support those in need. In 2015-16 all areas were supported to introduce similar schemes to strengthen the support available for victims of ASB. To ensure that this support continues at a local level, a grant of £5,000 has each been awarded to Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Council. We are currently working with Northumberland County Council to identify how they could use the grant to support victims of ASB in their area.