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Domestic abuse survivors invited to help shape future support services

Survivors, service providers and other stakeholders of domestic abuse are being asked to provide feedback on a new blueprint setting out how agencies across Nottinghamshire will work together to improve the safety and recovery of victims in the future.

Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Emma Foody particularly encouraged survivors, past and present, to respond to the county’s new Position Paper, which evaluates current service provision for survivors of domestic abuse and recommends action for improvement.

The Paper, which has been compiled by the PCC’s office with contributions from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and local domestic abuse service providers, sets out a new ‘whole systems approach’ to domestic abuse which will guide decisions on what support services are commissioned by the PCC and partners in the future.

It draws on national, force and provider data with input from specialist domestic abuse leads from local authorities and will help key agencies to scrutinise and plan future work.

Deputy PCC Ms Foody said it was vital victims and survivors were involved in the design of future services and urged them to take the opportunity to make their voices heard.

“Domestic abuse is a huge issue impacting our communities and we are doing absolutely everything possible to tackle it,” she said.

“This paper builds on previous research locally and furthers our understanding of what is already available and what is desperately needed in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It brings a fresh perspective to old problems and places huge emphasis on taking a whole system approach and accepting that we cannot concentrate on one area of our response alone without considering the wider system because they are all so closely connected.

“As always, victims and survivors are always at the core of what we do. It is critical we consult the very people who will benefit and receive support through this new approach and I hope many survivors will consider contributing their views. However, those providing services or who are involved in another way, have valuable insight and I hope they choose to share it.”

The Paper builds on local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and the 2018/19 Police and Crime Needs Assessment which highlighted the main issues, risks and threats likely to impact crime and community safety up to 2022.

The Deputy PCC will be taking the latest report to city and county strategy leads and third sector groups for feedback and comments over the next few weeks.

Victims are invited to contribute feedback and comments on recommendations for action to Nicola Wade at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at: nopcc@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

The consultation will be open until midday on Wednesday 11 November 2020. The PCC and Deputy PCC will consider feedback before publishing a final version and action plan to take forward the recommendations. The report can be accessed at:
https://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Consultations-and-Surveys/Improving-the-response-to-domestic-violence-and-abuse.aspx

 

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Posted on Tuesday 22nd September 2020
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