To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) by what means charitable and voluntary groups in the domestic violence and domestic abuse sector are able to apply for funding from the victims fund;
(2) what criteria charitable and voluntary groups in the domestic violence and domestic abuse sector are required to meet to be considered for funding from the victims fund.
The Victims Fund focuses on specialist services for victims of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse, hate crime and homicide. The grant awards for 2007-8 were allocated following separate open competition application and assessment processes, which were advertised on the Government Funding website.
Organisations supporting victims of domestic violence would have been eligible to apply if the bid was for services that would benefit the advertised target client group.
The grant awards for Third Sector organisations-supporting victims of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse have been made for this financial year, by repeating the grants to last year's recipients. Therefore this part of the scheme is not open for new applications for this year. Decisions on the allocation of grants for hate crime and homicide schemes are still pending.