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Title and Reference – PCC/D/045
Subject: Funded Organisations – Ministry of Justice ISVA, IDVA, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Ring Fenced Funding
Report of: Police and Crime Commissioner
Date: 27/06/2022


In April 2022 following the Spending Review, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced a ring-fenced fund for services supporting victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The total additional funding to Domestic Abuse (DA)/Sexual Violence (SV) services nationally, including funds previously awarded (2020 – 2021) and services to be commissioned from 2022-2025, was announced as £21.7m.

Overall this increases the MoJ’s commitment to funding victim and witness services to £192m a year by 2025.


This round of funding was split in to two specific opportunities: a ringfenced allocation for Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) and Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) roles and a larger allocation for broader DA and SV support services.

The MoJ passed responsibility for the operating a transparent and competitive bidding process with providers to PCCs.

The outcome of the ISVA/IDVA Fund is detailed below. This is included for information as the decision for funding allocation was taken by the MoJ not by the OPCC.

The MoJ responded with notification of the following awards:

Early Childhood Partnership (ECP) ISVA x1 FTE – Yr 1: 33,980 Yr 2: 50,970 Yr 3: 50,970

Embrace/KIDVA x1 FTE – Yr 1: 49,000 Yr 2: 73,500 Yr 3: 73,500


The OPCC received bids for the DA/SV funding opportunity from 25 organisations totalling £1,779,012 (for year 1 of the 3 year fund).

These bids were reviewed, ranked in order of suitability and evidence of needs by member of the OPCC before return to the MoJ. It should be noted that at this stage the MoJ were due to make decision on the allocation of funding supported by the ranking submitted.

On the 24th of May 2022 the OPCC was notified by the MoJ that funding had been awarded with £475,923.02 per annum for 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25, for DA/SV victim support services.

This equates to a total award of £1,427,769.06 over the 3 year period.

Following a comprehensive decision making process, including due diligence checks, a detailed local needs assessment and two independent reviews by different members of the OPCC, the following awards have been allocated (yr 1/yr 2/yr 3):

Early Childhood Partnership        1 community link worker for DA/SV services – Grade 4 £25,349 (Bedfordshire)           £25,349              £25,349              £25,349

Victim Support  SafeLives accredited elderly person IDVA training and no Recourse To Public Funding Hardship fund.         £18,000              £15,000              £15,000

Victim Support 

Bedfordshire Male IDVA £32,787              £39,795              £42,277

The Counselling Foundation       To support RASSO to provide Trauma informed counselling to 50 child victims a year

and 100 Adult victims a year       £180,000            £180,000            £180,000

The Counselling Foundation       Translation services to provide counselling in multiple languages     £15,000              £15,000              £15,000

Luton All Women’s Centre          Domestic abuse/ sexual violence casework, delivered in Urdu, Bengali and Polish in face-to-face and/or online environments, supporting 150 women from across the whole of Bedfordshire.    £30,000              £30,000              £30,000

Living Your Life  Targeted counselling provision for:  Adult survivors of non-recent childhood SV, Children harmed by sibling SV, CYPSV, Parents of child victims, Victims of SV within DA, Male victims of DA, Male Victims of SV, Victims of SV with additional addiction needs, Victims of SV with additional Mental Health needs, Victims with SV with additional learning needs               £96,363              £96,363              £96,363

Bedford Women’s Centre/Family Groups Bedford            15 hours a week of a multilingual community, DA worker 35 hours a week of staffing hours to run an additional 50 sessions of DA support programmes (allowing for 2 daytime programmes and 1 evening).     £31,913              £31,913              £31,913

FDAC     Primary Mental Health Worker – additional 6 hours per week, per year providing increased capacity to deliver therapy.

FDAC Psychologist – one additional day per week, per year providing increased capacity for clinical supervision to each FDAC team member to support trauma informed intervention with all victims.   £39,241              £39,241              £39,241

To note decision
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
I hereby approve the recommendations above.

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