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Victims Surcharge

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what charitable and voluntary organisations which provide support to victims of domestic violence and abuse received support from the Victims Surcharge in 2007-08; how much each organisation received; and what procedures there are for applications to be made to the funds; (209919)

(2) what criteria charitable and voluntary groups concerned with redress for domestic violence and abuse have to meet to be eligible for payments from the Victims Surcharge.

I refer my hon. Friend to my reply of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 272-75W.

Services supporting the 64 specialist domestic violence courts in operation at the end of 2006-07 were automatically considered for funding for 2007-08 upon receipt of satisfactory performance information.

Invitations to bid for funding were sent on 8 June 2007 from the SDVC steering group to all Home Office regional directors, Government office DV leads, the SDVC expert panel, Crown Prosecution Service co-ordinators, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership chairs, HMCS area directors and Justices' clerks. Those contacts were asked to forward the invitation to services in non-SDVC areas and those whom they knew to be interested in SDVC accreditation.

Services were invited to apply for funding on the provision of service workload information, level of accredited training completed, supervision and monitoring structures, evidence of partnership working (for example their level of involvement with multi-agency risk assessment conferences), plans to develop a SDVC and/or other project initiative such as links to support in the family courts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which men's support groups have received awards from the Victims Surcharge in the last 12 months. (209933)

The revenue raised from the Victims Surcharge has been used to fund a wide range of services for victims and witnesses. This includes: Witness Care Units; Victim Support Plus; Independent Domestic Violence Advisors; and the Victims Fund. Many of these services are not gender specific. Survivors UK, which provides targeted support for male victims of sexual abuse and rape, received a grant of £30,000 in 2007-08 from the Victims Fund. This grant has been renewed for 2008-09.