According to the UK Department of Health: “Sexual violence covers a wide range of abusive acts directed towards an individual’s sexuality, including sexual assault, rape, sexual coercion, sexual bullying and female genital mutilation.”
Victims of sexual violence (often known as “survivors”) require acute, specialist help to recover from their traumatic experiences. The PCC has committed additional investment into support for this group of survivors. In the City, he has co-commissioned an integrated support service for female and male survivors of recent and historic abuse, delivered by Nottingham Sexual Violence Support Services (formery Nottingham Rape Crisis). In the County, the Commissioner is driving forward partnership work between the County Council and clinical commissioning groups to develop a new service delivery model which will be in place in April 2017. Whilst the new model is being developed, the Commissioner is funding support for female and male survivors in the County, delivered by Nottingham Sexual Violence Support Services, ISAS and SHE/MENding UK.
In addition the Commissioner has funded Community Interest Company Imara to work with children who have been sexually abused and their families.
Finally, the Commissioner continues to work with Nottinghamshire Police and NHS England to ensure that our Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), locally called the Topaz Centre, has the resources it needs to support survivors effectively.
Are you a victim of sexual violence or abuse?
Any behaviour of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without your consent constitutes sexual violence or abuse. You may have experienced sexual violence or abuse either as a child or adult, from a partner, ex-partner, date, friend, family member, colleague, a professional you know or from someone you don’t know.
Sexual violence and abuse is always wrong. There is specialist support available. Click HERE for useful contact details
Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police are looking into allegations of child abuse in Nottingham children's homes going back to the 1950s.
Like hate crime and domestic violence, FGM is another substantially under-reported, and therefore often unpunished, crime.