Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is inviting survivors of domestic abuse to share their experiences to help him enhance future support services.
Commissioner Tipping is currently working with partners to review domestic abuse services in the county and is keen to hear from those who have experienced domestic abuse to understand how services including the police can respond more effectively to their support needs.
The review comes in addition to his wider consultation which aims to gather feedback from all victims of crime to improve their journey through the criminal justice system and ensure the right services are delivered when needed.
Commissioner Tipping has commissioned an independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS) to collect and analyse the opinions of domestic abuse survivors to enable him to understand their individual needs and how these can be met in the future. Survivors will be able to complete an on-line or paper-based questionnaire or take part in a confidential interview or focus group with other survivors led by a trained researcher. This will provide survivors with a real opportunity to shape future services.
A number of women’s organisations working with survivors in the county have already completed a questionnaire about services and will be offered an interview with ORS to feed in any additional views.
Commissioner Tipping said: “Protecting survivors of domestic abuse is one of my pre-election pledges and is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan. I am determined to give these vulnerable people a louder voice so that we can develop better support services that not only safeguard them but also help them to recover and move on from their experiences.
“With the bulk of policing resources directed towards the perpetrators of crime, it’s not surprising that many victims feel confused and let down by the justice system. I’ve made it clear that victims should be at the heart of policing and as such it’s my duty to listen carefully to their experiences and views so that in the future we can develop services which pay much closer attention to their needs.”
ORS is an experienced and independent social research company which works to the strictest ethical standards. All information gathered through the consultation will be treated in complete confidence. Your personal views and all data will remain secure with ORS and no one will be identified in their report.
Notes to editors:
If you are a survivor of domestic abuse please tell us what you think by completing an on-line questionnaire at: www.opinionresearch.co.uk/domesticabuse. If you would prefer a paper copy of the questionnaire please contact Ciara Small on 01792 535 323 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a survivor and would like to be interviewed or participate in a focus group please contact Kelly Lock on 01792 535 300 or at email@example.com. The consultation closes on 21 February 2014. If you have any questions please contact Deborah Perkins on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2014