Tag: Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner

Emergency Support Bags made available for those fleeing Domestic Abuse

The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust (BPPT) has been awarded £14,370 by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to help support individuals fleeing Domestic Abuse.

The BPPT will use the funding to create Emergency Support Bags which will provide help for those in need of support after fleeing violence, which will include sim cards to make calls, clothing, food vouchers and a wifi-enabled tablet to access 24hr support from partners.

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Bedfordshire to share funding to support young people at risk of involvement in serious violence

The government announced on Monday (8 February 2021) that it will provide funding for the 18 Violence Reduction Units (VRU) operating across England and Wales. The £35.5 million, which covers 2021/22, is the third year of funding for the VRUs which are based in areas worst affected by serious violence.

VRUs (or VERU in Bedfordshire) bring together organisations across local communities to tackle violent crime and address its underlying causes. These units also help fund vital local projects that do positive preventative work with children and young people.

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Delays to criminal justice cases are pushing trials back with the potential for victims and witnesses to move on with their lives rather than go to court

Delays in the criminal justice system threaten to cause “a very considerable problem” and encourage victims or witnesses to back out, a meeting heard.
A backlog of more than 50,000 cases has stacked up because of the pandemic, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel was told.

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Ask for ANI: Bedfordshire’s Police and PCC back new domestic abuse codeword scheme to help victims seek support

Bedfordshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, are supporting a new domestic abuse codeword scheme.

The “Ask for ANI” (pronounced Annie) scheme, which launched today (14 January 2021), was devised by the Home Office in collaboration with pharmacy associations, the police, and partners working in the domestic abuse sector.

It was set up to help victims access emergency support in the community via local pharmacies.

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