21 May 2020 Covid-19 fund for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence services in Suffolk Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner is pleased to announce additional Covid-19 related funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence services in Suffolk. This funding, made available by the Ministry of Justice, is ring-fenced for COVID-19 related emergency funding. It is designed to meet the additional costs local domestic abuse and sexual violence services have incurred, or will incur, whilst adapting their services during the pandemic, and to cope with demand increases resulting from it, during the period 24 March to 31 October 2020. Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: “Providing support for victims is a key part of my role. Each year we allocate significant amounts of money to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and I know many of the organisations that provide this support are having to find new ways of interacting with victims during this pandemic, which can be more costly than normal. “I am very pleased that we have been given this additional funding but the MoJ timescales are very tight so I would encourage providers to work swiftly to get their applications back to us before the deadline. “I also hope to encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics, organisations that we may not have supported previously.” Funding can be used to address short term income disruption, meet essential costs of sustaining current activities and address increased demand created because of the pandemic. Full detail of the fund is available here: COVID-19 FUND. Closing date for application is 5pm on June 1 2020.