Five specialist services which support victims of crime, sexual assault and domestic abuse in Sussex receive a cash boost from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
The organisations were assessed against criteria that supported the PCC’s Police & Crime Plan. They will each receive up to five thousand pounds in order to ensure that there is a broad range of services in Sussex to support victims of crime.
- Suzy Lamplugh Trust help people who have experienced stalking following domestic abuse
- Safe in Sussex offer support to individuals and their families who are affected by domestic abuse
- Impetus supports adults with Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism and similar social issues
- ManKind Support for male victims of domestic abuse
- Life Centre supports survivors of rape & sexual abuse
Commenting on the funding, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
I am delighted to be able to award grants to the VCSE sector. I believe an increase in the capacity and capability of these specialist organisations will enable victims of crime to better cope and recover.
Kristiana Wrixon, Policy and Services Manager for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said:
It is excellent that the PCC for Sussex has recognised that stalking is a serious crime and taken steps to improve provision for local people. The grant from the VCSE Competed Fund will enable us to provide support to people in Sussex who have experienced stalking following domestic abuse. Forty per cent of people who are stalked are targeted by an ex-partner and are also at greater risk of experiencing physical violence.
Natalie Brook, Deputy Chief Officer, Impetus said:
This extra funding is a great start to the new year for Impetus. It will enable us to support victims of crime in Sussex who have Asperger’s syndrome and need specialist support. We look forward to working with the PCC and others to ensure that victims of crime in Sussex are able to access the dedicated support that they need.
Mrs Bourne continued:
In April I will oversee the commissioning of all support services for victim and witnesses in Sussex. This is the first time that there is an opportunity for victims’ services to be led and managed locally through a new partnership between my office and voluntary and community organisations. Our vision for 2020 is to create a rich voluntary service community in Sussex, building their capacity and growing the market to provide effective services, responding flexibly and effectively to the needs of victims.
For more information on Victims Services Commissioning click here.