A national fund has been distributed to organisations supporting survivors of sexual abuse.
Today (Friday December 4) Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, is announcing the successful bidders.
Stephen said: “Sexual abuse, in all its horrific forms, is a crime that leaves its survivors with a legacy of distress and anguish. It’s crucial that those who have suffered are able to access the support they need – whether it be immediately or, in some cases, years later. This money will help organisations working to support survivors and make a genuine difference to people’s lives.”
Earlier this year Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner distributed nearly £4.5m of national funding to support survivors of sexual abuse.
Stephen Bett oversaw two funds established by the Home Office to support victims of child and adult sexual abuse across England and Wales.
The Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry Support Fund (Fund 1), worth £2m, was established to support non-statutory organisations in England and Wales which have experienced an increase in demand as a direct result of the announcement of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on 7 July 2014.
The Child and Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse Support Fund (Fund 2), worth £2.85m, was established for non-statutory organisations in England and Wales providing support to victims of sexual abuse to help meet the increased demand on those services.
Following an extensive assessment process, more than 70 organisations were successful in their bids for funding. There was, however, around £400,000, mainly from Fund 1, which remained unallocated.
In September Stephen invited those organisations who applied for, but were unsuccessful in securing, funding from Fund 1 (and also did not receive funding from Fund 2) to re-consider and re-submit their original application.
All bids were subject to a robust and thorough assessment against set criteria. Remaining funds (around £78,000) will be distributed between the successful organisations from Fund 1 (Rounds 1 and 2).
Details of all the organisations that were successful in the latest funding round are available here.