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More Support For Victims Of Domestic Abuse in North Yorkshire

Domestic Abuse

6:53am 9th September 2014
(Updated 8:20am 9th September 2014)

North Yorkshire police have awarded contracts to groups who help victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the area. The aim is to provide better and more effecient care for those in need. The contracts have been given to the following services across North Yorkshire and the City of York:

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) will be providing Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) and Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) support services as a result of a joint commissioning process with North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council.

Remedi will be our Restorative Justice partner with responsibility for promoting and delivering victim of crime initiated and pre-sentence restorative justice services.

Julia Mullligan said: “This is very welcome news, and it will enable even more victims of some of the most damaging crimes cope with their experiences and start recovering. “Over the last few years, the number of people coming forward to report these sorts of crimes has risen, yet until now there has been no secure, dedicated funding for this specific area of work. “As part of my Police and Crime Plan, I am committing to do more to address domestic and sexual violence and combat repeat victimisation. This announcement is another important step towards those aims.”

Sarah Hill, Director of Idas told us "the contract will allow us to have 10 support workers opposed to the 4 we have now. The hope is we will be able to respond to referrals within 24 hours of them being sent to us".

The contracts will each be 18 months starting from 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2016.

To view this on their website, visit: http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/contracts-awarded-to-provide-support-for-victims-of-crime/

 

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