FUNDING of more than £2million has been awarded to various projects which support victims of crime.

The money will benefit projects that support victims, reduce offending or re-offending, and protect the vulnerable from crime and exploitation over the next three years.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Donna Jones, donated the sum of £2.6million as part of the "fight against crime".

She said: "While my number one priority is to put more officers on the streets, helping people to be and feel safer takes more than just the police alone.

"The work organisations do with offenders to reduce re-offending, and interventions to stop people from being exploited or engaging in criminal behaviour, are also vital in the fight against crime.

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"Helping victims to secure the justice they deserve is essential as is providing the emotional, mental and practical support they need to recover."

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A handful of projects across Hampshire are set to benefit from this funding.

They include Hampshire Cricket Board - a free, accessible cricket initiative providing weekly cricket sessions in hotspots of areas of multiple deprivation. 

And Yellow Door’s Stronger Families project, which will maintain and further develop the support for families affected by child and adolescent to parent violence.

Commissioner Jones said: “Young people need the right support at the right time to reduce their risk of being drawn into crime, maximise their full potential, and help them live positive lives. 

“I have funded a number of projects that focus on working with those identified as vulnerable or at risk to tackle the causes of their behaviour and prevent issues from escalating.”

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