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Avon and Somerset awarded over £370,000 of funding for victims services


Avon and Somerset will benefit from £374,717.00 for victim services

Victims of crime across Avon and Somerset will soon benefit from £374,717.00 for new specialist support services following a successful funding bid by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I have set out a clear vision for victims of crime in Avon and Somerset which involves a joined-up approach to victims services and has the voice of victims at its heart. This new funding from the Ministry of Justice will help us on that journey within Avon and Somerset.

"We are working on a pioneering new approach to transform services for victims of crime. From October 2014 a new one-team approach will provide coordinated, end-to-end care at every stage of a victims journey through the criminal justice system.

"I am delighted that we have received this funding and can begin our work making a difference to victims' lives."

Victims’ Minister Damian Green said: “Victims of crime need and deserve the best possible support to cope with what they have been through. That’s why Government is raising more money than ever before from offenders to fund vital services to help victims move on with their lives.

“The excellent and innovative ideas put forward for this fund show exactly why PCCs are best placed to understand the needs of their local communities and commission the majority of victims’ services. I’ve no doubt they will make a difference to victims up and down the country.”

Avon and Somerset's £374,717.00 is part of a £12.5 million fund which comes from additional receipts from offenders, raised through the Victim Surcharge and increased financial penalties such as Penalty Notices for Disorder.

Posted on Thursday 3rd July 2014
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