Welcome from the APCC Chair
PCCs Making a Difference
PCCs are continuing to demonstrate pragmatic and innovative approaches to engaging with their communities.
In Nottinghamshire, PCC Paddy Tipping has provided emergency funding to support Juno Women's Aid to increase their capacity to answer calls from victims during the crisis. Since lockdown began the helpline has taken double the number of calls each week compared to the same period last year.
Ensuring support is available for victims of domestic abuse.
In North Wales, PCC Arfon Jones has allocated emergency funding which is being used to support refuges and ensure that support counsellors have the necessary IT facilities.
Also, in Cumbria, PCC McCall is extending ‘Step Up’, a service for families struggling with child/young person-on-parent domestic abuse. The programme helps families experiencing violent behaviour towards parents or carers from children and young people aged 11 to 17 years. Read the full flyer here.
In other news...
Extraordinary COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services
Within the £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse, PCCs will be responsible for distributing up to £20m.
The funds will be distributed as follows:
PCCs are currently in the process of conducting assessments of need for COVID-19 related emergency funding in relation to both sexual violence and domestic abuse support services in their local area. This process is open to all relevant support organisations in the PCC area – and encourages funding requests from small specialist organisations to ensure they can continue to operate during the crisis.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE APCC...