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Local charities to provide services for domestic violence and abuse survivors

Three local charities have been awarded contracts to provide services for domestic violence and abuse survivors in Nottinghamshire.

Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid, and Equation have obtained the contract worth £1.2 million a year.

Uniting funds from Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the contract will provide a range of services for female and male adult survivors, teenagers experiencing domestic violence in their relationships and children and young people living in homes where domestic violence is present.

“Domestic violence is one of the most harmful social problems of our time”

Mandy Green, for Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic violence is one of the most harmful social problems of our time and we are very pleased that Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner have seen the need to protect funding for specialist services in a time of austerity”.

Under the contract’s terms, an advocacy service will be available for survivors at the highest risk, alongside people with mental health problems, and people with complex needs such as drug and alcohol issues.

A service dedicated to teenagers will work closely with secondary schools and youth provision in Nottinghamshire, whilst children and young people will be able to access a Support Worker and meet other young people who have experienced similar circumstances.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the contract”

Val Lunn, on behalf of Women’s Aid Integrated Services, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the contract which we believe is testament to the high quality of the specialist services we currently provide and the dedication and skill of our staff and volunteer team”.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, are in an abusive relationship or are worried about a friend, relative or somebody you know, call the local 24 hour freephone Domestic and Sexual Violence helpline on 0808 800 0340.

Tamsin Parnell

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