All PCCs have responsibility for commissioning services which support victims of crime in their area.

In Kent the PCC's core countywide service is provided by Victim Support from Compass House but he also funds other organisations to deliver more specialist support services. Bids were invited for 2019/20 at a maximum of £50,000 per project.

In particular, the PCC was looking to deliver services that:
  • Meet the support needs of victims or, as appropriate, family members and act in their interests;
  • Are free of charge and confidential;
  • Are non-discriminatory (including being available to all regardless of residence status, nationality or citizenship);
  • Are available whether or not a crime has been reported to the police;
  • Are available before, during and for an appropriate time after any investigation or criminal proceedings;
  • Demonstrate collaborative working with other providers to ensure joined up service delivery and referral pathways;
  • Demonstrate innovative and evidence based working practices;
  • Show an understanding and ability to respond to emerging trends, crime types and new working practices; and
  • Deliver clear outcome reporting.
The PCC would not support funding bids that overlapped with existing services being directly commissioned, or where services were being commissioned by another agency which the PCC already provides a funding contribution towards. Please see the full VSS grant conditions, and our privacy policy.

Funding recipients

Funding recipients 2019/20

Organisation Nature of Project £
Dads Unlimited A foundation for men to have a more constructive and positive relationship with their children, reduce conflict with former partners and to improve co-parenting relationships.  30,000
Dandelion Time Therapeutic service for children and families affected by abuse.  30,000
Davss Support to Court: Volunteers helping vulnerable and traumatised victims through court processes.  16,800
Davss Support for male victims of domestic abuse.  4,880
NSPCC Letting The Future In: Therapy service for children aged 4 to 17.  50,000
Rising Sun and Choices Project targeting adolescents who have experienced violence victimisation within their homes.  49,898
Rubicon Cares One-to-one trauma counselling for victims of crime.  50,000
SignHealth DeafHope: Providing accessible, effective support in sign language to deaf victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.  41,785