Additional Mayoral Funding for Violence Against Women and Girls Services

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Reference: 
2019/9196
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How will the additional £15m you announced for Violence Against Women and Girls services in February 2019 improve the support services available to survivors of VAWG?

https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayors-15m-boost-to-tackle-violence

Answer

Additional Mayoral Funding for Violence Against Women and Girls Services

Additional Mayoral Funding for Violence Against Women and Girls Services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The overarching premise of the fund is to tackle the issues facing service providers and provide much needed additional support to survivors, with the majority of the fund being distributed in this financial year. MOPAC funded Rape Crisis Centres, Integrated Victim and Witness Service (domestic abuse element) and the London Sexual Assault and Referral Centres (SARC) have received an immediate additional investment of £1.35million to maintain existing services, manage an increase in demand and modernise existing services, this additional funding will see 700 more women able to access timely support. The remainder of the fund will sustain programmes of innovation, develop the commissioning and funding arrangements within the VAWG sector, extend the reach and quality of services offered to survivors with protected characteristics and strengthen the overall capacity of the sector to work with survivors.