Nottingham Muslim Women's Network
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today paid tribute to two community support services which scooped awards for changing the lives of vulnerable people.
The PCC attended Nottinghamshire Police’s annual awards ceremony last night (14th November) where he presented his Community Safety and Partnership Awards, honouring work taking place in the community to increase safety in Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network (NMWN) was presented with the Community Safety gong for its unstinting commitment to increasing the voice of Muslim women and developing initiatives which increase their safety.
Over the years, NMWN has run a series of initiatives tackling issues such as gendered Islamaphobia, hate crime, domestic abuse and cross-cultural and faith awareness.
In 2016, it developed the highly successful Men Leading for Change pilot project which aimed to raise awareness of domestic abuse throughout the male community and among religious leaders. The project, which has been proven to improve responses to domestic abuse within Muslim communities, continues and further community workshops including a male workshop and individual awareness work with faith leaders is planned for 2018-19.
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support (SVS) Services was announced winner of the PCC’s Partnership Award honouring almost 40 years of independent, non-judgemental and specialist support for survivors of sexual violence.
Nottinghamshire NVS provides a number of services to help vulnerable victims of abuse including Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, a Survivor Support Service, counselling, group support and telephone helpline.
In 2017-18 alone, it supported more than 400 victims and survivors in the city with counselling, helping them to recover from their traumatic experiences.
The service works in partnership with a number of organisations including the PCC to deliver help to vulnerable people – a key priority of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan. It has developed strong links with Nottinghamshire Police, voluntary services and justice partners including Sexual Assault Referral Centres to ensure victims receive appropriate care as soon as it is needed.
It has also developed strong links with local universities to improve access to help and is in the process of creating an online support service to survivors who may wish to access help anonymously.
Commenting after the ceremony, Mr Tipping said: “My warmest congratulations go to Nottinghamshire NVS and Nottingham Muslin Women’s Network for winning these prestigious awards. Competition was tough and the judging process very challenging, however both these organisations continue to make a tremendous difference to the lives of vulnerable people in our county and are worthy winners.
“We simply cannot build safe and inclusive neighbourhoods without the contribution and support of organisations like these which support people to better cope with their lives or prevent them from becoming victims of crime.
“A whole network of organisations exist in Nottinghamshire to support the work of the police and I’m well aware that they do so on limited budgets and with a reliance on volunteers. They play a vital role in community safety and I am very grateful for their support. It is only right that we honour their efforts and compassion in this way.”
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Posted on Thursday 15th November 2018