NOW OPEN: Groups urged to apply for victims fund
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is urging
organisations that help victims of crime, to apply to him for
David Jamieson is encouraging organisations across the
West Midlands to submit applications to his 'Victims Fund', which
helps pay for support services for people traumatised by criminal
The Victims Fund will open on
1st February 2019 and will be taking
application from agencies through to
18th March 2019.
This year there is £200,000 available.
The competitive fund, commissioned by the Police and Crime
Commissioner, seeks to improve outcomes for victims of crime across
the West Midlands
The money will be spent offering help to victims of domestic
violence, sexual abuse, volume crime, child sexual exploitation,
female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour based
violence, hate crime, fatal road traffic collisions and modern
Individual funding of up to £20,000 is available for each
voluntary or community organisation that helps support victims to
cope and recover from their experiences. Groups can apply on their
own or they can join together and form a partnership.
Recipients of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Victim's
Fund have already helped directly support victims of
In 2017, The Churches Housing Association of Dudley and
District refuge (CHADD) received funding for their project "It's
Never Too Late - Domestic Abuse and Older People".
Nationally and regionally, there are increasing numbers of
older people who are victims of domestic abuse and domestic
homicide. Often older people can isolated and alone after they have
made the decision to leave the abusive environment, which can then
lead to them returning to the abuse.
Funding provided to CHADD helped provide specialist refuge
services for older people, providing those who have been victims of
domestic abuse with fully furnished specialist refuge
The funding also provided specialist outreach support to
other victims in the local community; and awareness/training events
around the hidden issue of domestic abuse and older people for
local groups, volunteers and professionals.
The Victim's Fund has enabled CHADD to offer a service
tailor made for older generations and Dudley now has a home to
facilitate resettlement and recovery for older victims of domestic
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David
Jamieson said: "Supporting victims of crime is one of my top
priorities as PCC.
"We now have a formidable record of helping victims of
crime. This funding has been making a real difference to people's
lives since 2014 and I'm delighted to say it will continue to do
"I would urge people to get their applications
Chief Executive Officer, Anna Walsh added: "Funding from the
Police and Crime Commissioner for 'It's Never Too Late' gave us the
opportunity to pilot a dedicated domestic abuse IDVA service in the
"Following the launch in 2017, we have seen a significant
increase in referrals and have been able to successfully and
effectively support elderly victims of domestic abuse.
"The pilot has specifically targeted those aged 55 years and
above, enabling us to provide awareness training, outreach support
and refuge accommodation."