Over Half a Million Pounds Support for Angus Women’s Aid

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Scottish Government Grant Funding Awarded

A total of £501,550 in Scottish Government funding has been granted to Angus Women’s Aid – part of £48m of investment in organisations which support victims and survivors of crime across Scotland.

More than 20 diverse organisations spread across the country are set to benefit from the new Victim Centred Approach Fund over the 2022-25 period, while a further £257k is being awarded from the Victim Surcharge Fund. Angus Women’s Aid is set to benefit from both, receiving £479,550 through the new fund and another £22,000 from the Victim Surcharge Fund.

Victim Support Scotland is receiving just over £18m, with various other organisations supporting women and girls, trafficking victims and people from ethnic minorities also to benefit.

The level of support underpins the Scottish Government’s commitment to victims and survivors of crime – a key priority pinpointed in the recently published long term strategy for Scotland’s justice sector.

An independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme will also commence in April, led by Alastair MacDonald – former Chair of Victim Support Scotland. This scheme enables victims to receive certain information about the release of a prisoner, with the review considering possible improvements to ensure it is serving victims effectively.

– Graeme

I am delighted with the level of funding that has been granted to Angus Women’s Aid to continue their vital support for women and children locally who have experienced domestic abuse.

Having been brought up to speed with their ongoing work when I visited late last year, I know this investment will go towards expanding truly invaluable services.

The funding directed to organisations nationwide underlines this Scottish Government’s absolute commitment to putting victims of crime at the centre of the justice system, and ensuring they are fully supported on their journey to recovery.

This new Victim Centred Approach Fund will additionally support court advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence and specialist services for those bereaved by crime, while extending assistance for victims of human trafficking and enabling better long-term outcomes for victims across the board – including improved mental and physical health.

Background

From November 2019, anyone committing a crime that results in a court fine is charged an additional penalty – the victim surcharge.  This money accumulates in the Victim Surcharge Fund. A total of £322,000 has been paid into the Victim Surcharge Fund since regulations came into force.