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Fund will give victims of crime a ‘louder voice’


Airdrie’s MSP Neil Gray has welcomed the launch of a new, streamline­d fund, worth at least £30 million over the next three years, to better help victims of crime.

The new Victim Centred Approach Fund will simplify funding for organisati­ons into one easy-to-access place, providing support for victims across Scotland.

It will help support specialist services for those bereaved by crime in Scotland or abroad, provide court advocacy support for survivors of gender-based violence, fund support and assistance for victims of human traffickin­g and enable better long-term outcomes for victims including improved mental and physical health.

It will also enable more organisati­ons who support victims to apply for funding and encourage the developmen­t of new projects and approaches.

The fund will open for applicatio­ns from third sector organisati­ons, community interest companies and public sector bodies, including local authoritie­s.

Organisati­ons considerin­g applying to the fund are able to register their interest now.

Mr Gray said: “I am extremely pleased that the Scottish Government has continued its pledge to put victims at the heart of the justice system.

“This new streamline­d fund will provide joinedup, accessible support to all victims regardless of where they live in Scotland.

“I work closely with the Women’s Aid groups in and around Airdrie and Shotts and this fund will help their users immensely.

“Coupling this fund with the newly announced post of Victims’ Commission­er, people in Scotland who have suffered by the crimes of others will now have the chance to have a louder voice.”

 ?? ?? Extremely pleased Mr Gray says the fund will “provide joined-up, accessible support to all victims”
Extremely pleased Mr Gray says the fund will “provide joined-up, accessible support to all victims”

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