Nottinghamshire Police announced charities will be funded to fight against domestic abuse. (Credits: Pixabay)

A new funding opportunity will come in help of those suffering from domestic abuse and sexual violence that increased since the coronavirus outbreak.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping announced a new funding opportunity for charities to help support victims and survivors amid COVID-19.

The PCC has been provisionally allocated £390,000 from the Ministry of Justice as part of a £750m fund from the Government to expand the services of domestic abuse and sexual violence support providers during the pandemic.

Grants are available to help organisations mitigate the increased costs of adapting services during the crisis and to cope with additional demand pressures.

Funding will be provided for the period of March 24 to October 31 this year. Organisations eligible to apply must deliver specialist support services which are designed to help domestic abuse and sexual violence victims cope with the impacts of crime and recover from the harm they have experienced.

Since the national lockdown commenced, support providers across the country have reported significant increases in demand and calls for help.

Paddy Tipping explained: “COVID-19 has presented us all with difficult and testing situations but far more so for vulnerable women, men and children who are living with abuse or the constant threat of violence.

“Opportunities to seek help or safety have been restricted during lockdown with victims confined with their abuser for weeks on end.

“Clearly, there has been a need to tailor support to reach the most vulnerable for whom there is nowhere else to turn.

“It remains my priority to ensure appropriate support and practical help is available to anyone who needs it and we are working hard to increase accessibility during the pandemic.

“I would urge any organisation who thinks they might be eligible to check and apply as soon as possible – the timescales are tight for this financial support and we will not be able to consider any late expressions of interest.”

In addition, the PCC is applying to the Ministry of Justice for Rape Support Fund Extraordinary Funding.

This is only available to the two organisations that currently receive the Rape Support Fund.

The PCC will be contacting those organisations separately to explain any opportunities for additional support from this fund.

The deadline for applications is June 1. For more information and to express an interest in funding, click here.

For any questions or enquiries, contact Claire Good