Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has secured £250,000 of funding from the Home Office that will directly help and support child victims of serious sexual assault and domestic abuse.
Mrs Bourne was one of 37 PCCs who have been allocated funding from the Ministry of Justice following a rigorous evaluation process.
She said, “As a mother, there is nothing more harrowing than knowing there are children out there in Sussex who are victims of the most horrendous sexual crimes.
“The two key services in Sussex that will be receiving extra funding are Child Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CISVAs) and Child Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (CIDVAs). The vital work of the advocates from both of these services is nationally recognised by partners including the police.
“I was aware that there is not enough provision for supporting children and young people who are victims or witnesses of serious sexual assault in Sussex. This extra money will fund more posts within the Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and subsequently provide much needed individual support to young victims and witnesses at a time in their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.”
The money will allow for new roles that will see young people affected by domestic or sexual abuse offered more practical and age-appropriate support to help them cope with and recover from the trauma of their experiences.
Mrs Bourne added, “Domestic abuse affects all ages in our society and there is an increasing number of young people who are victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. Extra funding will support these young people and help them get the justice they deserve.”