Three funding opportunities have been made available for organisations providing support for sexual and domestic violence victims.
Funds are available from the Ministry of Justice and Home Office and are being coordinated through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Organisations providing sexual violence support services to men and boy, community based sexual violence and domestic abuse services that are experiencing exceptional demands and additional needs and those looking to establish innovative approaches to tackle domestic abuse by working with perpetrators are encouraged to apply.
The Ministry of Justice has announced £1.4 million available nationally to increase the capacity of sexual violence support services to meet the specific needs of male victims. The fund is open to organisations who are currently already providing gender-specific support to men and boys, including specialist male-only services, and those who support both men and women, to further enhance their support offer.
A Critical Support Fund is offering £1.5 million nationally for community-based sexual violence and domestic abuse support to meet exceptional or additional need that cannot be met through existing allocations. A further £1.3 million is available for the recruitment of Independent Sexual Violence Advocates and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates.
The third fund is for organisations that have innovative approaches to work with domestic abuse perpetrators to provide interventions. The fund is particularly seeking to fund interventions that address known issues in relation to domestic abuse offending, those that focus on children and adolescents and programmes aimed at stalking perpetrators.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We know that instances of sexual violence and domestic abuse have risen during the pandemic, and we also know that many go unreported. This extra funding is available to organisations who provide crucial support to victims and I hope that organisations in South Yorkshire are encouraged to apply, despite the tight timescale that has been set by the government.”
The closing date for bids for both funds for the Male Rape Support Services Fund and the Critical Support Fund is midday on in Friday 18 June and the Perpetrator Programmes Fund closes at midday on Monday 21 June.
Further details on the eligibility criteria can be found in the guidance on the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioners website: https://southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sexual-and-domestic-violence-funding-opportunities/