Grants will support sexual crime charities

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THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire has announced more than £248,000 of grants to organisations that help victims of violent or sexual crime.

The funding has been awarded to eight groups in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

PCC Simon Hayes said: ‘Placing victims and witnesses at the heart of policing and the wider criminal justice system is one of the key priorities in my plan.

‘I’m proud to support a range of projects including specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advocates in Southampton and Portsmouth; a dedicated hub addressing child sexual exploitation; and support and advocacy services for victims of sexual crimes throughout Hampshire.’

Shonagh Dillon is chief executive of Aurora New Dawn, based in Havant. The charity will receive £16,000 for its helpline and £40,000 for its Specialist Domestic Abuse Court Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, which supports victims going through the courts.

She said: ‘We are delighted with the funding.

‘The helpline covers overnight and over the full weekend.

‘It means residents of Portsmouth have 24-hour access to support services.

‘For the specialist court services, we really welcome this because what’s essential is that victims are supported through the courts.

‘They feel very nervous about the process. We can provide that support and make sure that they understand the situation, that they have got someone to talk to about their fears and about the criminal justice process.’

Other recipients include Tackling FGM Portsmouth, which got £14,490, Beyond Trauma which received £2,850 and the Early Intervention Project, which got £40,852.