Digital-focused £2.3 million fund for specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence organisations

8th July 2022

The 2021-2022 Ministry of Justice Specialist Fund, delivered by Comic Relief in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office, invested in 23 specialist domestic abuse and sexual violence organisations across England and Wales that are led ‘by/with and for’ communities facing racial inequality, disabled people or LGBTQ+ communities.

Following 10 years of investing in diverse Social Tech programmes, the Ministry of Justice Specialist Fund presented a new approach for Comic Relief, aiming to strengthen funded partners’ digital capability and infrastructure.

The programme supported a range of digital improvements, but we were able to identify key trends across the cohort:

  • Implementing new case management systems (e.g. replacing paper-based and Excel documents) and enhancing existing systems (e.g. improving data collection)

  • Developing organisational websites (e.g. multilingual content, accessibility of content, enabling online referrals, enabling online donations)

  • Migrating to shared drives/cloud-based platforms (e.g. SharePoint)

  • Delivering training to improve digital skills and confidence of staff and service users (e.g. cybersecurity and digital safeguarding)

The 23 organisations who received funding were:

  • Aanchal Women's Aid 

  • Africa Advocacy Foundation 

  • Bawso 

  • Chayn 

  • Cohort 4 

  • Diversity Matters North West 


  • Galop 

  • LGBT Foundation

  • London Black Women's Project 

  • Maa Shanti 

  • Muslim Women's Network UK 


  • Roshni Birmingham 

  • Roshni Sheffield

  • Sistah Space

  • Somali Development Services 

  • Southall Black Sisters 

  • Stay Safe East 

  • Stonewall Housing Association 

  • Switchboard 

  • The Emily Davison Centre 

  • The Halo Project 

If you would like to learn more about the impact of the Ministry of Justice Specialist Fund and our commitments as a funder read our blog here: