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 £447,714 contract is intended to be awarded to domestic violence campaign organisation Equation to reduce abuse as part of the Commissioner’s prevention strategy.
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 contracts, 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.”
Alison Thomas, CEO of Equation, said: “I am incredibly excited that the intention is to award the contract for the prevention element of the city domestic violence tender to Equation and the opportunity this will provide us to continue to develop and deliver our innovative and high-quality prevention services across Nottingham.
“I am also enthused that local and well-established domestic and sexual violence experts have been successful with all elements of the tender and look forward to Equation working in partnership with WAIS and Rape Crisis.”
The intended prevention contract includes provision of training and resources for professionals from local and national specialists delivered through briefings, seminars and conferences, early intervention and prevention work in primary and secondary schools including healthy and respectful relationship programmes and workshops and early intervention and prevention work with young men and boys at risk of domestic abuse and/or showing concerning or harmful attitudes and behaviours.
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 / 07702 541401
City Council: Jamie O’Malley - 0115 876 3308
Posted on Monday 15th February 2016