Domestic abuse funding update
Councillors have today been updated about £1 million plus funding to support and protect adults and children affected by domestic abuse and to deliver a programme of prevention.
The £1,085,000 from the County Council will be combined with a £470,000 contribution from the Police and Crime Commissioner bringing the total spend to £1,554,746 a year over the next four years.
Some of the services include:
- Free 24 hour countywide domestic abuse helpline
- Risk assessments for all domestic abuse survivors
- Young People’s Violence Advocate
- practical and emotional support including outreach and resettlement support
- support to children to recover from the impact of domestic abuse
- safety planning for survivors and their children
- developing survivors’ skills, knowledge and awareness about safe, equal and violence free relationships
- referral and signposting to agencies e.g. mental health services
- support accessing the criminal justice system and within the court
- support with parenting
- housing, benefits and welfare support
The successful providers who have been awarded the contracts following a competitive tender process are:
- Juno Women’s Aid: domestic abuse support services in the south (Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe).
- Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Ltd: domestic abuse support services in the north (Bassetlaw, Newark & Sherwood, Mansfield).
- Equation: Countywide prevention, promotion and training services.
Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Evidence shows there is an increase in the reporting of domestic abuse crimes in Nottinghamshire, which we believe is down to the support available to survivors through these services. It is vital that we work with our partners to support those affected and provide practical support such as safety awareness, as well as emotional support for families.
“We also want to focus on prevention services and get better at identifying people who may be affected by domestic abuse and working with them to support them. One of these methods is by working with children who are exposed to parental violence, as studies show that they are almost three times more likely to experience violence in their own adult relationships.”
Find out more about domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.