More funding for victims in Sussex

22/01/2015

Five specialist services for victims of crime in Sussex will receive a cash boost this month from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

The organisations, that include the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Mankind, are from the Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. Their applications were assessed against criteria that supported the PCC’s Police & Crime Plan. They will each receive up to five thousand pounds in order to ensure that there is a broad range of services in Sussex to support victims of crime.

Commenting on the funding, Mrs Bourne said: “I am delighted to be able to award grants to the VCSE sector. I believe an increase in the capacity and capability of these specialist organisations will enable victims of crime to better cope and recover.

Kristiana Wrixon, Policy and Services Manager for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said: “It is excellent that the PCC for Sussex has recognised that stalking is a serious crime and taken steps to improve provision for local people. The grant from the VCSE Competed Fund will enable us to provide support to people in Sussex who have experienced stalking following domestic abuse. Forty per cent of people who are stalked are targeted by an ex-partner and are also at greater risk of experiencing physical violence.”

Martyn Sullivan, CEO of Mankind said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the grant. We work with men who have experienced sexual abuse and this funding will enable us to develop a psycho-educational group programme.  This will address the isolation felt by male survivors by bringing men together in a safe space and providing new ways of understanding and moving on from their traumatic experiences.

“The recognition of men as victims by the PCC is an important step forward in helping us break the silence surrounding sexual crimes perpetrated against men and boys. For every 20 men in Sussex, three are affected by sexual violation. We look forward to developing a strong partnership with the PCC and other agencies to ensure there is access to a range of justice and support services.”

Safe in Sussex Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Louise Brooks, said: “We are really pleased that our funding application was successful. This funding will support women in the community who have, or are, experiencing domestic abuse. The programme we deliver provides peer support and empowers women to gain confidence and self-esteem to live free from abuse.

Natalie Brook, Deputy Chief Officer, Impetus said: “This extra funding is a great start to the new year for Impetus. It will enable us to support victims of crime in Sussex who have Asperger’s syndrome and need specialist support. We look forward to working with the PCC and others to ensure that victims of crime in Sussex are able to access the dedicated support that they need.”

Commenting on the funding for the Life Centre, Maggie Ellis, Founder and Director said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the VCSE Competed Fund. The funds will allow us to reduce our waiting lists and see more child and adult victims of sexual abuse and rape more quickly. Speed of response is essential in helping victims engage and journey to safer, more fulfilling lives.”

Mrs Bourne continued: “In April I will oversee the commissioning of all support services for victim and witnesses in Sussex. This is the first time that there is an opportunity for victims’ services to be led and managed locally through a new partnership between my office and voluntary and community organisations. Our vision for 2020 is to create a rich voluntary service community in Sussex, building their capacity and growing the market to provide effective services, responding flexibly and effectively to the needs of victims.”

For more information on Victims Services Commissioning click here.

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