Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has announced full details of a new specialist support facility for victims of sexual violence across the county.
Working in partnership with Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, the PCC has awarded Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Services (Notts SVS) a contract for the provision of a sexual violence survivor hub and therapy service for adult victims in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The new service, which has been commissioned as a result of the PCC’s recent needs assessment on sexual violence and co-designed with survivors, will deliver a single point of contact for survivors of sexual violence of any kind whether the abuse took place in childhood or in adult life.
It will open the door to a wealth of services including specialist therapeutic support and counselling and access to wider NHS mental health services as well as providing ongoing engagement with survivors to further develop services including peer support.
Nottinghamshire SVS will work pro-actively to ensure the service is accessible to all adult survivors in Nottinghamshire including the use of a digital lending library to enable survivors to access support during Covid-19.
Paddy Tipping said: “Survivors are at the heart of this new service and have contributed to its design and delivery from the very beginning.
“It makes perfect sense to coordinate help from a central hub to ensure survivors are spared further stress or anxiety in accessing support at what is already a traumatic time.
“Recovery can be a long and complex process and survivors must have confidence that the services coming to their aid are available for the long haul. The priority of all partners will be to make sure this happens.”
Novlet Holness, chief executive of Notts SVS said: “Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (Notts SVSS) are delighted to have been commissioned to provide the new Adult Sexual Violence Survivors Hub and Therapy Support Service in Nottinghamshire. The funding will last for a period of three years with a possible extension of a further two years. This is important news for adult survivors of sexual violence as it will ensure the long-term security, development and expansion of support services available to them.
“We are looking forward to working with survivors, commissioners and partner agencies. Together we will ensure that survivors are able to access the services they need and in the way most suitable to them.
“We would like to thank the commissioners for providing this long term funding which will ensure ongoing, high quality support, empowering adult victims and survivors to recover from the harm they have experienced and with greater resilience.”
Mandy Coupland, co-founder of Nottingham Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Group, said: “The hub is the result of two years of meetings and discussions between survivors and the Commissioner’s wider team. We knew we had to build a better future and working alongside the PCC, we identified that a single port of call was needed.
“We are hopeful that now, with a better service in place, we can save many more lives and build new pathways to recovery. No survivor is the same - they all require different help. The new service avoids the necessity of them having to go through the trauma of retelling their story over and over again and ensures the right support is provided from the outset.
“It’s a massive milestone and will make a vast difference to a lot of people’s lives. The PCC fought for us more than anyone to get this project on the table. Without his support we would not be where we are today.”
Rosa Waddingham, chief nurse at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, said: “The CCG is looking forward to working with Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (Notts SVSS) and we are proud to be a partner in the Sexual Violence Survivor Hub. It could not have been achieved without the help and support of survivors, their guidance and feedback has been integral to the specialist design of the service and we look forward to it being able to operate from the start of next year.”
Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Employment and Community Protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “After speaking and listening to survivors and professionals in the city, along with partners we have created a service that is safe and offers tailored support to survivors on their individual journey.
“Whilst we will not tolerate any form of sexual violence in Nottingham, we know that by creating this new hub and therapy service – we are offering survivors the chance to get the help and support they need, which will hopefully help them to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.”
The contract commenced on October 1 and will run until 31 December 2023.
The new service is anticipated to be up and running on 1 January 2021 and will worth £2.9m over the contract period.
Anyone seeking help now should call NSVSS’ counselling helpline on 0115 941 0440.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Notts SVS Services has been supporting survivors for nearly 40 years and is a multi-award winning service, receiving consistently good feedback across all its services. Last year, the organisation received more than 3,000 contacts into its helpline and an average of 45 referrals per month.
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Posted on Monday 19th October 2020