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Improving support to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse

The following services have been commissioned to help victims to cope and recover after crime:

Cope and recover service

Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Abuse Advisors (ISVA) along with a case management service is provided to victims of sexual and domestic abuse by IDAS.

IDAS have been commissioned (until 31st March 2017, with the potential to extend for 12 months), to provide practical and emotional support to cope and recover after crime. (Budget for 2016/17 – £410,000)

Domestic Abuse Community Engagement

A dedicated IDAS worker provides face to face engagement with hard to reach communities and those less likely to seek out and/or access support services such as men, rural communities, LGBT community.

The worker also seeks to establish and develop relationships with key organisations, both statutory and community based including faith groups. The aim is to increase their ability to more effectively identify warning signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, and enable them to respond to low level issues or refer into the IDVA/ISVA service. (Budget for 2016/17 – £20,000)

Sexual Assault Forensic Services

The sexual assault forensic service is jointly commissioned with NHS England and provides crisis support and forensic medical services to collect any evidence. The service is provided to all victims, whether they have made a report to the Police or not, acute and non-recent victims of sexual assault. The two distinct services are:

  • Regional Adult SARC Service provided by Mountain Healthcare via collaboration agreement with South Yorkshire Police acting as contract holder for four regional forces and NHS England (until 31st March 2019, with the potential to extend for 24 months): (Budget for 2016/17 – £143,000)
  • Child Sexual Assault Assessment Service (CSAAS) delivered by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust until 31 March 2017. (Budget for 2016/17 – £139,000)

Working in partnership with the Community Safety Partnerships, Julia has also identified funding to support:

Early Intervention Domestic Abuse Service

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) have been commissioned to deliver early intervention to approximately 1,800 Standard and Medium Risk victims until 31st March, with the potential to extend, of domestic abuse. The service provides victims with a Single Point of Contact through a named worker who will offer immediate practical advice and safety planning, plus more holistic emotional support, and make onward referrals into other services where appropriate. (Budget for 2016/17 – £50,000)

Voluntary Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Program

The program is delivered by the Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) three times during 2016/17 to approximately 20-25 individuals, both men and women, who are engaged in abusive behaviour towards their partner or family members, providing the opportunity for them to recognise, acknowledge and change that behaviour in order to increase the safety of victims and their children.

(Budget for 2016/17 – £25,000)

Targeted Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Service

The Children’s Society have been commissioned to deliver support to approximately 30 young people who are experiencing or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. Dedicated specialist workers will provide direct support to enable them to recognise themselves as victims, increase their resilience and make informed choices to lower their risk and/or prevent escalation.

Two workers started in September 2016 to support medium and high risk victims in Craven and standard risk victims in Craven and Harrogate; and standard, medium and high risk victims in the Hambleton and Richmondshire Districts respectively.

A further Peripatetic Outreach worker was employed to support standard risk victims in all other areas from late 2016.

(Budget for 2016/17 – £33,000)

Parents Liaison Service

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) have been commissioned to employ a dedicated Parent Liaison Officer to deliver intensive support to a minimum of 30 parents and families affected by child sexual exploitation.

They will also provide awareness raising sessions to 200 non-affected parents and training to 100 local practitioners.

The sessions will highlight the benefits and methods of engaging with parents and families whose children are victims of child sexual exploitation within any investigative or case management processes.

(Budget for 2016/17 – £15,000)