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Sexual abuse support charity wins major service contract to enhance victim recovery

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 city. 

The Commissioner, along with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City 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 all three organisations, and which is designed to integrate funding and provide more holistic services to survivors of violence. 

A £521,376 contract is intended to be awarded to Nottingham Rape Crisis (NRCC) to deliver support specialist services for victims of sexual violence. 

The organisation will provide specialist victim-centred counselling face-to-face, via telephone or online and other support to female and male survivors of sexual violence aged 16 and over. Therapeutic support will also be available including art sessions, a mindfulness course, self-help and play therapy.

The intended contract, which is jointly funded and will run from April until March 2019 with the possibility of an additional two years in one year extensions, is aimed at empowering survivors 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 victims of domestic and sexual violence in Nottinghamshire receive the help they need when they need it and these new 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, 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.” 

Novlet Holness, CEO of the Nottinghamm Rape Crisis Centre, said: “Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre (NRCC) is delighted that the intention is to award the contracts to us.

“This was a competitive process and I am pleased that NRCC was able to demonstrate throughout the bid the expert knowledge and experience of our specialist staff, their skills and commitment to providing and delivering our high-quality services to survivors of sexual violence.

“NRCC is proud to be a member of Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW), campaigning the message that sexual violence must not be tolerated and that appropriate professional support and services should be available to any person affected by sexual violence. Last year, RCEW network answered more than 165,000 helpline calls and provided ongoing specialist services to 50,000 individual survivors of sexual violence. 

“NRCC would like to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner and their joint commissioning partners for their support and continued understanding of the issues faces by survivors and recognising the importance and necessity of three-year funding contracts to enable stability and development in order to provide the best services to survivors of sexual violence.”

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.”

Lucy Anderson, Assistant Director of Quality Governance, Children and Learning Disabilities at NHS Nottingham City CCG, said:  “The service provided by Nottingham Rape Crisis will give crucial support to women and men who have suffered sexual abuse and violence at the time they feel they are ready to seek help.  By coming together as partners to co-commission this service, we are able to our pool resources and focus our efforts jointly on providing a valuable, specialist support and counselling service for people in the City.”



Media Enquiries:
PCC Paddy Tipping:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
City Council:                Jamie O’Malley - 0115 876 3308
CCG:                             Chanice Jenkins - 0115 883 9592  

Posted on Monday 15th February 2016
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