Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Service Receives Funding Boost
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has been successful in a bid to government for domestic abuse funding.

The £436,000 grant, awarded by the Home Office, will be used to transform support service for all victims of domestic abuse in the county.

The funding will lead to a creation of a ‘Sunflower Hub', providing a single point-of-access so victims can receive expert advice or practical support. This will include locally based caseworkers.

Commissioner David Lloyd welcomed the grant:

“This grant will bring real benefits to victims of domestic abuse in Hertfordshire.”

“I have made tackling domestic abuse a key priority in my Community Safety and Criminal Justice and we have seen many more victims gaining the confidence to come forward as a result.”

“The new services we will now be able to provide will go a long way to providing them with the support they deserve.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims’ Commissioning for the PCC, said this would vastly improve the service to victims:

“To have been successful in this highly competitive bidding process highlights the quality of the initiative we want to introduce.”

“This funding will enable a real step-change in the county achieving its ambition of providing accessible and high quality services for victims of domestic abuse.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Tackling violence against women and girls is everyone’s business. It needs a joined-up, collaborative response locally, providing support to victims through health, education and social care, as well as the police.
“These projects will help ensure that victims and survivors get the right support at the right time, as well as intervening early to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.
“Violence Against Women and Girls devastates the lives of victims and families and this Government will continue to do all it can to protect people from these horrendous crimes.”  
The funding has been awarded through the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund, which is designed to support earlier intervention and prevention so that fewer victims reach crisis point.