City Hall has promised to boost the public’s confidence in reporting crime after gaining responsibility for commissioning victim support services in the capital.
Services were previously funded by the Ministry of Justice but the government has devolved responsibility to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime within London and elected Police and Crime Commissioners outside the capital.
London has been awarded £15.66m to deliver services between April 2014 and January 2016.
MOPAC says it will use the money to boost support for victims of hate crime, fund work to reduce repeat victimisation and better monitor how victims cope with, and recover from, their experience.
Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhlagh, said: “We will be doing more than ever to help victims of crime cope and recover from their experience, with support centred around the individual.
“That means more support for the most vulnerable, more support for those who don’t have the confidence to come forward and report crime and more support for those who are at risk of becoming repeat victims.”