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Research to help improve services to domestic abuse victims

A specialist domestic violence research project is to be commissioned – in line with the Police and Crime Plan – to improve services and support for repeat victims of abuse in Nottinghamshire.

The move is in keeping with the Plan’s objectives aimed at protecting, supporting and responding to victims and witnesses and vulnerable people. It is also in accordance with Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s promise to give extra priority and resources to domestic violence and crimes against girls and women.

Chris Cutland, Deputy Commissioner and former chief executive of Women’s Aid Nottingham, is leading work in this area for the Commissioner. She is now asking for tenders for the project to be submitted from individuals or organisations experienced in academic research.

“This research will help me to make informed recommendations leading to greater understanding of the caseload resourcing and management regarding repeat victims of medium risk domestic abuse,” Ms Cutland said. “This understanding will then make it possible to identify opportunities to improve services and processes that support and respond to victims’ individual needs.”

She added: “This is an important project that will make a significant contribution to the improved cost effectiveness of domestic violence services.”

The extensive research will begin on 1 October and be finally presented in August 2015. It will include a review of support work across medium repeat cases, the referrals process, setting up victim focus groups and interviewing individuals, service providers and partners to identity successful pathways to sustainable recovery. It will also involve identifying gaps in the provision of services and explore why there is under-reporting of abuse to the police.

Further information for those interested in tendering can be found on the website http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/About-Us/Vacancies-and-Tenders/Tenders/Academic-Research-Tendering-Brief.aspx


Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Monday 5th August 2013
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