1 March, 2021

Funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services

Organisations who support victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence are invited to apply for additional funding.

Closing date

  • 12 noon Monday 15 March 2021

What funding is currently available?

On 1 February 2021 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced a one-year national investment of £13.5m to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse (DA) and sexual violence (SV).

The funding will be distributed through Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) as an uplift to the core victims grant.

Funding of £253,863 is available for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Who can apply for funding?

Applications are welcomed from organisations who support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence – regardless of whether they are currently commissioned by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Unlike the Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for funding. As long as the organisation helps victims of DA or SV cope with the impacts of crime and to recover from harm, they will be eligible.

Who is eligible for the funding?

Organisations must:

  • be based in England and Wales
  • provide tailored support services which have the purpose of helping victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse to cope with the impacts, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced, including but not limited to:
    • specialist support workers such as IDVAs / ISVAs;
    • court support, including family court;
    • face to face or remote counselling for individuals and/or their families; and
    • specialist support for particular groups such as BAME/Disabled/LGBT/male victims.

This includes adults and children; and can be used to support existing clients as well as new referrals.

Child Sexual Exploitation or Abuse, including historic abuse is included within the definition of sexual abuse.

Honour based abuse and Stalking carried out by a former intimate partner or by a family member which falls within the government definition for domestic abuse is also included.

Funding for support for victims of DA in refuge accommodation is subject to a separate funding process run by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and this funding cannot be used to provide safe accommodation or support within safe accommodation.

How will requests be evaluated?

Funding requests will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Funding Request Form using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of demand and unmet need for your services – data relating to current caseloads and waiting lists.
  • Evidence of gaps in provision specifically for underrepresented victims and survivors such as those with protected characteristics and males and how your proposal will meet the needs of these groups.
  • Evidence of how your proposal will support and enhance existing service provision, avoiding duplication and can be delivered in full over a 12-month period from April 2021 to March 2022.

There is no minimum or maximum amount (up to the total funding available), but please note we may offer only partial funding depending on the number and quality of Funding Requests Forms submitted so please consider how your proposal could be scaled back if necessary to still effectively meet the needs of victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

How do I apply for funding?