Victim Specialist Services Fund
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 other organisations also receive funding to deliver more specialist support services. A bidding process was conducted in 2019/20. Grant conditions included looking for projects which:
- 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 successful applicants for 2019/20 were awarded the same levels of grant funding in 2020/21.
|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|