Victims of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation are set to benefit after Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner secured more than £500,000 of government funding.
Clive Grunshaw successfully submitted three bids to a fund set up by the Ministry of Justice to help Police and Crime Commissioners support victims in their area.
The Commissioner competed against Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country to be awarded a share of the fund, with victims of domestic abuse set to benefit from improved support and counselling services and enhanced Women’s Centres as a result.
A grant of £35,000 has also been awarded to fund Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) family support workers – strengthening both the Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to tackling CSE in the county and supporting victims and their families.
Mr Grunshaw said: “I am delighted to have successfully bid for £545,000 to provide vital support for victims in Lancashire. As Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to enhancing the services on offer to victims of crime in the county to help them better cope and recover, and this money is vital to ensure we are able to do that.
“I bid for £579,000 to fund four projects aimed at improving the support available for victims in the county, and it is testament to the hard work of my office that three of those bids were deemed strong enough to secure the government money. The money to support CSE victims is also vital.”
In total, the Commissioner has been awarded £208,000 to provide one-to-one and peer group support and counselling to domestic abuse victims, £302,000 to enhance womens’ centres and accommodation for domestic abuse victims and £35,000 toward PACE family support workers.
The money needs to be spent within this financial year.Discussions will now take place countywide to establish who should benefit.