Published 27 April 2018

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Thirteen organisations in Kent have received money from Mathew Scott as part of his pledge to enhance services for victims of crime and abuse.

While Kent Police is responsible for investigating crime in the county and bringing offenders to justice, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) ensures all victims receive whatever help and support they need to recover and eventually move on with their lives.

Mr Scott said:

‘I’ve commissioned the charity Victim Support to provide this wraparound care to thousands of people in Kent each year, but there are some victims who need the additional help and care that only a specialist agency can provide. They may be children, or victims of domestic abuse or a serious sexual assault, for example.

‘I’ve pledged to ensure victims have access to faster and more tailored support. The various organisations I’m supporting this year will deliver that across the county.’

Among the charities to receive money from the PCC’s Victim Specialist Services Fund is Rubicon Cares. It received £70,000 to provide trauma counselling for adult and child victims.

Natasha Singh from the charity said:

‘This money will help many people within Kent and Medway deal with the devastating effects of crime and help them to move on with their lives.’

Family Matters has been commissioned to provide specialist therapy to young victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Kurt Trevillion from Family Matters said:

‘In the past three years we have seen a 15 per cent increase in under-18s accessing our therapy and support service. The funding from the PCC will allow us to provide specialist therapy and support directly to victims in Kent for another year at a faster rate.’

Dr Patrick Tierney, the Director General of Juvenile Justice International CIC, said:

‘We are delighted to have been awarded £70,000 by the PCC to help adult victims of historical child sexual abuse through our Empowered Futures project, as well as funding to support vulnerable children and young people who have been victims of crime through our Supported Futures project.’

Other projects to receive funding included Dandelion Time and the St George’s Community Children’s Project.
Tora Marcello from Dandelion Time, which supports children and families struggling with the impact of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, said:

‘Based on a small farm, our charity delivers therapeutic programmes which engage the child and their family with the natural world through land-based crafts, animal care, farming and cooking. Funding from the PCC has made an invaluable contribution towards delivering this unique therapeutic service for children affected by abuse or domestic violence.’

And Ellie Stewart from St George’s Childcare based in Tunbridge Wells said:

‘The grant from the PCC will help us provide free childcare to families who have experienced domestic abuse. While their children are safe in our care, parents have the time and space they need to access support services and rebuild their lives.'