Domestic abuse and sexual violence organisations in Cumbria can now apply for multi-year funding through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office (OPCC).

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is providing the funding that aims to help domestic abuse and sexual violence organisations help victims cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from their experience. The multi-year funding period will last until the end of the 2024/25 financial year and will allow services to invest in building their service’s resilience and build capacity.

There are two possible funding opportunities for Cumbrian organisations:

  • The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Funding – the organisation applying must provide tailored support to victims of domestic abuse, rape or sexual abuse, historical or recent, including adults and children. These services can include family court support, counselling services, and tailored services for LGBT, Black/Brown groups, male victims etc.
  • The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) and Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Funding – The purpose of this funding is to increase advocacy support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, including children. The funding aims to support employment of additional advisors, including training. The MOJ is interested in proposals relating to male sexual violence victims, children and young people and protected characteristics (LGBT, disability, race etc.) however other groups can be supported though the proposed service.

To find out more about the funding and funding conditions, please visit www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/what-we-do/funding/funding-opportunities-for-da-sv-victims-services. The deadline for submissions is 2nd May 2022 at 10am.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Services that provide support to those who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual violence are incredibly important.

“These types of crimes are life changing and it’s crucial that we can provide long-term, financial support to as many of these services as we can.

“Government funds like this provide the opportunity for this long-term support and will help organisations build in resilience that will make sure services continue their good work for longer.

“I would encourage every domestic abuse and sexual violence support service in Cumbria to apply for this funding.

“Those interested can visit my website and find more information under the ‘what we do’ section.

“This really is a great opportunity and together we can support victims of crime in Cumbria.”


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