In the strategic vision to end violence against women and girls, the government has made the following commitments.
- £28m (in total) of stable Home Office funding for specialist services over the next four years
- over £20m funding (from the £28m) available to local areas to support independent domestic violence advisers (IDVA) posts, independent sexual violence advisers (ISVA) posts and the role of multi agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) coordinators
- continue central funding for the quality assurance of MARACs and for training places for IDVAs and MARAC co-ordinators to ensure there is a consistent delivery of service nationally
- maintain levels of funding support for specified national functions including making over £900,000 available per year over the next four years to support national helplines
- ensure that information for the provision of services for women and girls in rural, as well as urban areas, is available to commissioners to provide a locally-relevant response which meets the needs of women and girls in both these communities
- develop, using proceeds from the victims surcharge, a sustainable funding model for rape support centres and the development of new centres where they are most needed
- £1.2m funding over next three years to support sexual violence services to under 18's
- female genital mutilation (FGM) Fund launched in October – this is a £50,000 fund for frontline organisations who work to prevent FGM; organisations have been able to bid for grants of £2,000 to £5,000 to further support their commendable work in strengthening the voice of women to speak about FGM and work to eradicate the practice
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- Department of Health: violence against women and children
- Forced marriage unit
- Female genital mutilation
- Government equalities office
- National domestic violence helpline
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