700k for West Midlands victims services

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the West Midlands will receive over £700,000 to support victims of crime in our area.  By cruel irony, the outcome of the bid from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones for services to support victims of crime was announced just a couple of days after his untimely death. 

West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said,  "I am delighted that we have secured this funding, and it is tragic that Bob did not live to see this success.  It is a testament to Bob and his approach that our bid was based on issues the community identified, notably violent sexual offences, Female Genital Mutilation, domestic violence and offences against the most vulnerable in society.    This funding will enable the organisations to better support victims, as well as develop new preventative approaches.  We should all be grateful for Bob's huge effort and commitment to supporting victims of crime, which led to this funding"

Successful Bids

Allies Network Ltd - FGM £54,869.00 (Advice, guidance and support to victims of Female Genital Mutilation)

RSVP - Sexual Abuse £160,875.00 (long-term recovery support for female victims of sexual violence, support for male victims of sexual abuse, Solihull outreach project. Contact 0121 643 0301 )

Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid £108,612.28 (casework support to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Contact: 0121 685 8687)

Crisis Point - Sexual Abuse £58,512.00 (Black and Minority Ethnic and children's advocacy support, specialist child therapist. Contact: 01922 476153)

OASIS Support Services £75,620.00 (support to BME families who are the victims of serious crimes)

West Midlands Service for Domestic Violence £185,000.00 (provision of consistent domestic abuse support services)

Small Heath Community Forum £60,000.00 (Community access points. Contact: 0121 773 8619 )

Total £703,488.28

Excerpt from the bid supporting statement

The services cover areas that cause our communities the greatest harm. Consultation processes have highlighted the key areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic and sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation as areas where services need to be developed or strengthened. We need to respond to the diverse communities that we serve, by listening to the voices of local people. 

We will provide advice, guidance and support to victims of female genital mutilation, those who self-refer or who are referred by other agencies.  They will work with women from their own communities where FGM is practised to ensure that victims will receive improved mental and physical well-being.   One of the key outcomes will be to work with victims to report the crime.

Sexual abuse will be addressed through funding for a specialist well-being project for women, and also for male victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse. 

Services for victims of domestic abuse will identify those that are high risk or have safeguarding needs, as well as supporting criminal justice work through the creation of a West Midlands wide standard for victims of domestic violence accessing the regions magistrates courts.  This offers a new opportunity for the specialist domestic violence providers from across the West Midlands to work collaboratively and create standardised protocols, referral pathways and service standards in order to increase the successful prosecution of domestic violence offences and support victims both at trial and post-trial.

In addition we will be seeking to deliver two pilot projects in the West Midlands.  They will specialise in supporting BME victims of serious crime to cope and recover by providing targeted culturally appropriate services.