Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today jointly announced the intention to award major new contracts to improve domestic abuse and sexual violence support services across the county.
The Commissioner, along with Nottingham City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group, unveiled the details of three specialist providers who will deliver cope and recover services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the city and a prevention service to prevent further domestic and sexual violence.
The announcement follows an innovative and robust multi-agency tendering process, which was led by the Crime and Drugs Partnership on behalf of three organisations, and which is designed to integrate funding and provide more holistic services to survivors of violence.
A £875,850 contract is intended to be awarded to Women’s Aid Integrated Services, a local charity, to deliver specialist services to adult and teenage survivors of domestic violence and abuse including survivors at the highest risk of homicide.
The intended contract, which is being jointly funded and will run from April 2016 until March 2019 with the possibility of an additional two years in one year extensions, is aimed at empowering survivors of domestic and sexual violence to improve their safety and help them cope and recover from the harm they have experienced.
It is part of a funding pot worth £1.8m over the three years - £330,638 of which has been funded by the PCC per year. The total amount of available funding could potentially be worth £3.74m if extensions to the intended contracts are granted for the full five years.
Announcing the new intended contract, Commissioner Tipping said: “We are determined that victims of domestic and sexual violence in Nottinghamshire receive the help they need when they need it and these contracts will go some way to improving this recovery process as well as ensuring survivors of violence are protected from further harm.
“A large part of our agenda is developing awareness and challenging attitudes towards domestic and sexual violence within society but particularly among children and young people who are more vulnerable to abuse. Through education and working closely with the professionals who work with children and survivors of abuse and their families, we aim to signpost those at risk more swiftly ultimately increasing their safety.
“We must also not forget the perpetrators of these horrific crimes and we will continue to tackle domestic violence at its source. This means managing offenders more effectively in order to reform their harmful behaviour, working with perpetrators to challenge the beliefs that support abusive behaviour and demanding greater accountability from abusers to safeguard victims in the future.”
Among several services to be delivered through the intended contract will be an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service working with women at high risk of homicide and supporting women whose abusive partners are being prosecuted, a Teen Advocate service for teenage girls aged 13-17 experiencing abuse in their partner relationship and a Medium Risk Plus service for vulnerable women who need support in relation to domestic violence, mental health, alcohol and/or drugs.
Val Lunn, CEO from Women’s Aid Integrated Services said: “We’re delighted that the intention is to award the contract to us. We’ve been providing these particular services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse in Nottingham since 2007. Our success in the tender is a testament to the skill and expertise of our staff team and the high quality of our services.
“We’re particularly pleased that the future of the Teen Advocate and Medium Risk Plus services looks to be secure. These ground-breaking services are unique to Nottinghamshire. They started as pilot services with funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the fact that they will now be available over future years is great news for teenage girls and women with complex needs.
“Nottingham has a proud history of excellent partnership working between organisations like ourselves, Nottingham Rape Crisis and Equation together with the Crime and Drugs Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner and we are very much looking forward to continuing to work together to make Nottingham a safer city for women and teenage survivors of domestic violence and abuse.”
Councillor Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services in Nottingham City Council, said: “We are committed to reducing the harm caused by domestic and sexual violence and abuse and have pledged to work with our communities to support survivors and children and to hold perpetrators to account.
“We have been working with partners for two years to deliver this approach to commissioning specialist services and we are proud that local providers with such good track records in these challenging areas have successfully bid to run these services.
“We look forward to working with our specialist sector and commissioning partners to deliver an excellent service to survivors and children in the years to come.”
PCC Paddy Tipping: Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 077022 541401
City Council: Jamie O’Malley 0115 876 3308
Posted on Monday 15th February 2016