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Ministry of Justice funding boost to PCC for Domestic Abuse services in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has today (Thursday 21 May) launched a new funding process for services supporting Domestic Abuse victims during the Covid-19 pandemic, where a rise in these crime has been seen nationally. 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has allocated funds which will compromise of £113,000 for services the Police and Crime Commissioner already commissions and a further £56,500 for services she does not currently fund.

“It’s hugely welcome that this extra emergency help is being made available by the Ministry of Justice during the pandemic. It’s incredibly disturbing that national helplines have seen a surge in calls and this is, naturally, reflected in those needed help right now and those who are likely to have their first chance to access it when the lockdown is raised further,” said PCC Holloway.

All of the applications will be reviewed with the ambition to support organisations and charities of all sizes, reaching as many victims across the county as possible. Applications will need to address how the funding will support the rise seen in Domestic Abuse during the pandemic and relate to the following areas:-
  • IDVAs; Independent Domestic Violence Advisors
  • CHIDVAs; Child focused Independent Domestic Violence Advisors
  • Family Court support
  • Face to face or remote counselling for individuals and/or their families
  • Support for particular groups such as Disabled, LGBT victims or those from Black and Minority Ethnic community groups.
 
“It’s very important to me that these funds are available to help all victims of Domestic Abuse, whatever their gender or cultural background or whether or not they have a disability. Nobody should have to suffer in silence, imprisoned in the very place where they have every right to feel safest; within their own homes,” said Commissioner Holloway.
 
Below is an outline of the process for the funding:
21/05/2020 Bedfordshire OPCC launches application process
05/06/2020 Application process closes. Applications sent after 9am will not be reviewed
11/06/2020 OPCC must provide assurance documentation to MoJ (Ministry of Justice)
16/06/2020 MoJ will issue grant agreements to OPCCs
19/06/2020 OPCCs must return signed grant agreement to MoJ
25/06/2020 OPCCs will receive payment and will issue agreed funds to successful applicants.

For more information and to download the application form, please visit the OPCC website (https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/MoJDAFund). Applications will need to be sent to the OPCC via email to PCC-Commissioning@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk by 9am on Friday 5 June 2020.

**Please note, we are aware of issues with the MoJ applications forms. Some boxes have drop down options only. You should be able to still type in that box, but if you experience difficulties, please type in the box in the next column and your appplication will still be considered.**

***UPDATE FRIDAY 29 JUNE*** -

There have been ongoing talks with the MoJ, in relation to the deadline of 1st June 2020, for applications to the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Funds. We have just received notification that the deadline has been changed to allow more time for agencies to work on and submit bids. The new deadline is 9am Friday 5 June 2020. If you have already applied, we understand you may now want to use this additional time to work further on your application. If you intend to do this, please include **Resubmission** in the subject title of your email when sending your bid, to ensure the correct bid is reviewed for your organisation.