Funding a pan London domestic violence service

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2014 143
Date signed: 
28 November 2014
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Mayor committed in his 2012 Manifesto to commission and fund a pan London domestic violence service and maintain the number of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs). The following factors have been taken into account in delivering this commitment:
• Domestic violence makes up 34% of violence with injury, which is the only crime type that is increasing of the seven crime types that matter most to Londoners;
• On average a quarter of domestic abuse victims have been a victim more than once in a year, making repeat victimisation a key issue; and
• MOPAC is the new commissioner of victims’ services for London and is working to drive a 'whole system' approach to supporting victims of crime to cope and recover, that enables us to protect the most vulnerable; prevent repeat victimisation; and drive overall victim satisfaction and public confidence in the criminal justice system.
This decision report recommends the DMPC agree funding provision for a Pan London Domestic Violence Service until 2017.

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to agree:
o Up to £5 million to fund and commission a pan London Domestic Violence Service 2015-2017. This funding has been identified and is available and accessible within budgets through the Victims funding and Police Property Act Fund (PPAF); and
o An external commissioning process to commence in December 2014.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

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