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£300,000 To Help Victims Of Crime In Dorset

PCC Martyn Underhill

7:08am 3rd July 2014

Dorset has won a bid of £300,000 to spend on supporting victims of crime and children who've been sexually abused.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner were awarded the money, after bidding against other localities, from central Government.

Some of the funds will go towards supporting projects to improve mental health services for victims and counselling children caught up in domestic violence. Projects will also be set up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims and male domestic abuse victims.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said he was delighted with the latest news:

"This is fantastic news for Dorset. These grants strengthen and widen our work with victims.

This will see a real improvement in victim care and help us to fill in the gaps where provision is lacking.

For example, we will now be able to offer courses to male victims of domestic abuse and specialist counselling to child victims of domestic abuse. That is really exciting and will make a positive difference to many people's lives."

This Ministry of Justice grant award is part of a £12M pot raised through offenders paying a 'victims surcharge' that PCCs have been able to bid against with the emphasis on innovative technologies and specialist services, to support victims of crime across the country.

Dorset Police Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: "I am extremely pleased Dorset has been successful in its bid. Supporting victims is at the heart of what we do and the projects funded by this grant will make even more of a difference."

Some examples of the projects the PCC will now commission in Dorset within the next financial year 2014/15 are:  

£100,000 for 2 Mental Health Outreach Workers and a Mental Health Coordinator
£85,000 for a programme to support child victims of serious sexual offences
£30,000 for Freedom Courses to support victims of domestic abuse - this will include a pilot scheme offering freedom courses or pattern changing courses to male Domestic Abuse victims.
£30,000 for special counselling for child witnesses of Domestic Abuse - this will include 1-1 creative therapeutic sessions for children.
£66,000 for specialist LGBT hate crime case workers in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. (the Dorset contribution will be £19,000 in financial year 2014/15.

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