Julia Mullligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has secured over £300,000 of central government funding to expand services for victims of crime in the county.
Based on our population, North Yorkshire has secured proportionally more funding than any other police force area in Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East.
It was awarded by the Ministry of Justice after a competitive bidding process for Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales.
North Yorkshire received 2.42% of the £12,542,747.62 MoJ total fund, despite the county being home to only 1.42% of the population.
The funding will be enable the Commissioner to:
- Provide extra dedicated support to more victims of domestic and sexual violence
- Make counselling and talking therapies available to victims of some the most serious crimes, including those who have suffered a life-changing disability as a result of a violent crime
- Open up its victims advice service so that more persistently-targeted victims of violence, hate crime and anti-social behaviour can access emotional and practical support.
The announcement comes just weeks after Julia Mulligan announced a 140% increase in funding of independent domestic and sexual violence advisors, which would see up to 570 extra victims receiving support each year.
The additional £303,200 means that support can now be provided to scores more victims of these and other crimes countywide.
Julia Mullligan said: This extra funding is excellent news that will enable even more victims of some of the most damaging crimes imaginable to come to terms with their experiences and start recovering.
Over the last few years, the number of people coming forward to report these sorts of crimes has risen, yet until now there has been no secure, dedicated funding for this specific area of work.
As part of my Police and Crime Plan, I am committing to do more to address domestic and sexual violence and combat repeat victimisation. This announcement is another important step towards those aims.
The funding has been awarded by the Ministry of Justice as follows:
Successful Bids Allocation
Enhanced Service for domestic and sexual violence victims – £110,600.00
Extending Counselling/Talk Therapy Services – £120,000.00
Independent Victims’ Adviser Service- £72,600.00