Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner is to distribute nearly £5m of national funding to support victims of sexual abuse.
Stephen Bett will oversee two new funds established by the Home Office to support victims of child and adult sex abuse across England and Wales.
The Child and Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse Support Fund, worth £2.85m, has been established for non-statutory organisations in England and Wales providing support to victims of sexual abuse to help meet the increased demand on those services.
Mr Bett said: “Sexual abuse, in all its horrific forms, is a crime that leaves its victims with a legacy of distress and anguish. Having spoken to people who have suffered sexual abuse I know that the mental and emotional scars can take years to heal, if indeed they ever do.
“As a victims’ champion I know how crucial it is that those who have suffered are able to access the support they need whether it be immediately or, in some cases, years later. I am pleased to be able to invite bids for grants from these two substantial funds and I am sure this money will make a genuine difference.”
“Norfolk’s chief constable, Simon Bailey, is the national policing lead in this area and he will be one of a number of recognised experts who will play a key role in assessing and scrutinising bids.”