Nottinghamshire residents will benefit from an improved integrated specialist domestic violence and abuse service following the award of a new contract approved by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Committee.
The service will be delivered by two providers, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid covering the north and Women’s Aid Integrated Services covering the south of the county.
The new contract for the domestic violence and abuse service, which will start on 1 October 2015, will be jointly commissioned by the County Council and the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping.
It is estimated that 160,000 adults aged between 16 and 59 in Nottinghamshire have experienced domestic violence during their lifetime or approximately 30,000 adults in any given year. The single biggest risk factor of being a victim of domestic violence and abuse is being female. However, domestic violence and abuse is experienced by men and although less common, remains an area of need.
The impact of domestic violence and abuse on physical and mental health can be severe with far-reaching consequences for the individual, their family and the wider community. It affects the health and well-being of children and young people, as well as adults. This jointly commissioned service aims to provide an effective response to adults, teenagers and children who are experiencing, have experienced or have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.
The new jointly commissioned service reduces the number of separate contracts and agreements that currently exist, ensures services are more integrated and more efficient, leading to improved support for service users when they need it most. The service will work in partnership with other agencies providing a comprehensive response to reduce the impact of domestic violence and abuse across Nottinghamshire.
The commissioning of this service will cost approximately £1.2m per year with the contract awarded for three years with an option to extend for a further two years.
Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Chair of the Public Health Committee said:
“The providers that we have jointly-commissioned to deliver this service are the current specialist domestic violence and abuse service providers in the county. Both organisations have a wealth of expertise, with over 20 years’ experience of delivering these services. They are well-established and have a proven history of working together for the benefit of their service users.”
Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“It is wrong that women continue to be physically and mentally abused and there are consequences too for the children of the relationship
“I am confident that by working with two established partners we can provide a more focused and effective service”.
People seeking more information about, or support regarding, domestic violence issues can contact The Nottinghamshire 24 hour Freephone Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 800 0340.
In line with the public procurement rules, the decision was subject to a ten-day standstill period within which all bidders may review the outcome of the tender evaluation before the contracts are awarded. This is standard practice for most large procurements.
Posted on Monday 13th July 2015