MORE than £3million funding to support victims of crime has been announced by West Midlands police commissioner David Jamieson – and includes a grant for rape and sex abuse victims in Coventry.
The £3.2million cash will be spent on several schemes across the West Midlands – including for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and businesses hit by cyber crime.
The Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) has been awarded more than £100,000.
The money, from government Ministry of Justice grants, will also be invested in projects that help offenders turn their backs on a life of crime.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Jamieson said: “This is one of the most rewarding parts of my job: giving worthwhile schemes like these the funding they need to flourish.
“This money will make a real difference to so many people’s lives across the West Midlands.
“It will help support and strengthen some of the most vulnerable members of our society, as well as guiding those who have followed the wrong path to a life away from crime.
“The projects will help fight knife crime, violence, online fraud and everything in between and I am confident it will help achieve real results in the West Midlands.”
Some of the projects to benefit include:
£102,498 to Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre for rape and sexual violence support to vulnerable groups of BME (black, minority, ethnic) and girls from the age of 11.
£59,078 to Crisis Point for practical and emotional support to victims of sexual abuse in Walsall and Wolverhampton.
£50,000 to West Midlands IDVA Service for support of high-risk victims and survivors of domestic violence.
£1,038,920 to Victim Support to offer all victims of crime a first assessment.
£1million to the Birmingham Youth Promise employment scheme.
£10,000 to the ongoing knife bin scheme to get one in every West Midlands local authority area.
£20,000 to Hawk Construction to help ex-offenders find work in the construction industry.
£40,000 to the small project funds to help different community groups across the region.