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Victim Support Schemes

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been distributed from the Victims Fund in 2009-10; which groups have received money from the fund for the provision of services to victims of (a) homicide and (b) hate crime in 2009-10; and what plans he has for the distribution of monies from the fund in 2010-11. (315346)

The Victims Fund comprises three parts: £1.25 million for organisations supporting victims of sexual violence; £0.25 million for organisations supporting the bereaved relatives of homicide victims; and £0.25 million for organisations supporting victims of hate crime.

In financial year 2009-10 the homicide and hate crime sections were supplemented from within the Home Office budget by £73,000 and £59,500 following negotiations with successful applicants.

In 2009-10 a total of £1,892,254.69 was distributed from the Victims Fund. Of this, £1,249,664 was distributed to organisations supporting victims of sexual violence; £333,101 to organisations supporting the bereaved relatives of homicide victims; and £309,489.69 to organisations supporting victims of hate crime.

The following organisations received money from the homicide section of the Victims Fund:

£

Winston’s Wish

46,835

Advocacy after fatal domestic abuse

34,616

Support against Murder and manslaughter

27,850

National Victims Association

73,800

MAMAA

75,000

Damilola Taylor Trust

75,000

The following organisations received money from the hate crime section of the Victims Fund:

£

Age Concern Camden

23,110

Community Security Trust

54,354

GIRES

10,110

North Herts People First

17,788

Redbridge Equalities Council

24,038.69

Royal Mencap Kirklees

4,000

Stonewall

25,000

Stop Hate UK

71,600

Torfaen People First

29,064

Voice UK

50,425

All sections of the homicide fund will be administered from the Office of Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) in 2010-11. The bidding round for distribution of the fund opened on 29 January. The homicide and hate crime sections will be distributed following assessment of bids by OCJR and the Home Office respectively. The sexual violence section will be distributed on behalf of OCJR by an expert intermediary organisation, to be chosen from within the sexual violence sector.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what telephone helplines his Department and its predecessors have provided for victims of murder and manslaughter in each of the last 10 years. (315350)

Since 1999, core funding has been provided to SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter) who operate a national helpline for relatives bereaved by murder and manslaughter.

In addition, my Department provides funding to Victim Support. In each of the last ten years their annual grant supports their telephone helpline which offers emotional support and, practical advice to victims of crime including relatives bereaved by homicide.

On 26 October 2009 the Ministry of Justice launched an advice helpline to provide relatives bereaved by homicide legal advice on personal and social issues.

Since 2004-05 the Victims Fund has provided grant funding to a number of specialist organisations working to assist relatives bereaved by murder and manslaughter. This funding has supported telephone advice offered by the organisations Winston’s Wish, Advocacy after Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA), and Mothers Against Murder and Aggression (MAMAA).