Victims of domestic and sexual violence in Leicestershire and Rutland are to get even better support thanks to the work of the police and crime commissioner, local authorities and other agencies.
County police andcrime commissioner Sir Clive Loader led a bid for money being made available by policing, criminal justice and victims minister Damian Green MP.
The Ministry of Justice invited bids for additional funding to help support victims in priority categories.
The Leicestershire police and crime commissioner’s office submitted three bids and received £398,000 out of a maximum allocation bid of £436,000.
The bids were produced in partnership with the city, county and district councils, as well as some of the local providers of specialist support for victims of sexual violence.
The money will go towards two key areas; repeat victims of domestic violence and services for those affected by sexual violence.
A new proposal which aims to target repeat victims of domestic violence and accelerate efforts to prevent re-victimisation, as well as cope and recovery, has received £200,000.
Services for those affected by sexual violence have received £198,000 to sustain and develop specialist services for those affected by sexual violence including a telephone helpline, outreach support posts and provision of therapeutic support and counselling for victims of sexual violence.