News – Greater Manchester to receive more than £1m to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

Funding of over a million pounds has been given to Greater Manchester to commission independent advisors who will support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence – including LGBT victims, children and young people, as well as victims of stalking and harassment.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has awarded Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) £1,170,000 for additional Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (IDSA).

More than 18 advisors will be working across the city-region, with the funding in place for three years. Both roles work independently from the police, with a number of charities and organisations being commissioned by GMCA to recruit an additional nine advisors. The money will also help make sure other existing posts continue.

The purpose of a Domestic Violence Advisor is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners, or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor works to provide emotional and practical support for anyone who has experienced current or historic rape, sexual abuse or assault. If someone has reported a sexual offence to the police, an advisor can also offer support and advice on the Criminal Justice System.

The MoJ has also granted GMCA more than £730k to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, as well as prevent crimes from happening. Funding will be awarded to a number of charities and organisations to develop witness centres, increase the diversity of support on offer in the city-region as well as increase therapeutic support for victims.

Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, said: “This is a substantial amount of funding which will ensure some of the most vulnerable victims in Greater Manchester are given the support they need.

“Improving support for vulnerable and marginalised people is an issue we’re passionate about in Greater Manchester and we are committed to transforming victims’ services to ensure every victim of crime has access to the right support, regardless of whether they make the decision to report a crime to police.

“The additional funding to develop witness centres and therapeutic support for victims will also help to improve the provision on offer to victims, as well as help our work to tackle Gender Based Violence and abuse in all its forms.”

Gill Smallwood, Chief Executive for Fortalice, said: “This funding is welcomed and will help us to provide a much-needed service for victims who have suffered sexual abuse within their relationships.

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