Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today welcomed a Government announcement giving the county greater control over funding for sexual violence support services.
Under new plans announced today by the Ministry of Justice, Nottinghamshire is to become one of five pilot areas to gain full control over area funding on sexual violence support, giving PCCs the freedom to commission the best practical and emotional services for victims of rape and sexual abuse in their areas.
The move will enable Mr Tipping to work with survivors, providers and other funders to make localised decisions based on need and demand and pave the way for a more effective response to victims of sexual violence in Nottinghamshire.
Mr Tipping said: “This is positive news for victims of sexual violence in Nottinghamshire and will give us the flexibility to procure services which address key areas of recovery while also making the whole process of accessing help easier.
“From past experience, we know victims of sexual violence can sometimes find it difficult to navigate the many layers of help available and this announcement will help us to achieve consistency by bringing all partners into a single model of recovery care.
“I am very encouraged by the MoJ’s decision to select Nottinghamshire as a pilot area. We have a strong record of delivering high quality support to victims of sexual violence and I’m proud our approach has gained national recognition.
“It is important to reiterate this money is already being spent on sexual violence support services in Nottinghamshire and does not represent additional investment. However, with more control now being devolved from central government we will in future have the authority to design services which address the specific needs of survivors locally and complement the services provided by our Clinical Commissioning Groups who have primary responsibility for therapeutic support.
“My priority has and always will be to help victims of crime recover, and ensure their needs are fully met to provide the best chance of recovery and this development will certainly help us to do that.”
Nottinghamshire will join Greater London, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hampshire as “test sites” to be given full commissioning responsibilities for sexual violence and abuse services as part of the Government’s commitment to further devolve justice powers.
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Posted on Tuesday 6th November 2018