£345,000 boost for Fenland victims of crime

Support for victims of crime in Fenland will be boosted thanks a successful bid for £345,000 of funding.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner has received the money from the Ministry of Justice’s Competed Fund.

The ministry fund was set up to boost the support for the most vulnerable victims of crime.

In Fenland and the rest of Cambridgeshire, it will enable the recruitment of workers to support child victims of sexual violence, provide mental health support to victims and secure the home of persistently targeted domestic abuse victims.

It will also fund locally staffed helplines for victims of sexual violence and the development of peer support groups for survivors of such crimes.

The bid application was led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire, in partnership with a number of delivery organisations.

The area’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, said: “I am thrilled that we have been so successful in securing this funding for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“The £345,000 will boost the services available and enable support organisations to help more people to cope with, and recover from, the impact of crime.

“It is particularly pleasing as we were one of only two Police and Crime Commissioner Offices that received the maximum amount of funding available to us from the Ministry of Justice.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) will receive £150,000 to run a mental health Pathfinder project to support victims.

Mike Bell, general manager of CPFT, Specialist Services Division, said: “This award will allow us to put in place a specialist team which will provide new help for a very vulnerable group of people.

“We are confident that the increase in support will play a significant role in helping them on the path to recovery.”