Survivors of rape, domestic and sexual violence to benefit from new service

24/07/2015

A new service to help victims and survivors of rape, domestic and sexual violence and abuse across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex has been announced.

The tendering process was carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council and a contract [worth £1.1 million] has been awarded to a partnership led by local domestic abuse charity RISE, along with CRI and Survivors’ Network. The new service will begin on 1st October.

Commenting on this innovative service, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “This is first time that specialist rape, domestic and sexual violence and abuse services have been procured in this way, with commissioners coming together to pool their resources across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

“By bringing together these services, it will be possible to support more people through a single point of contact, making it easier for them to access help and support.

“This new co-commissioning arrangement puts the needs of victims at the heart of both statutory and specialist voluntary support services in Sussex. The new service will increase the safety of victims and survivors – and their families – whilst contributing to efforts to hold offenders to account.

“As PCC I now have a responsibility for commissioning local victims’ services which is why my office has been heavily involved in the evaluation process for this new contract. I have also provided significant financial support to this project – worth £300,000 over three years – because I firmly believe that this is the right direction for commissioning these types of services.

“The contract between both councils and the partnership led by RISE demonstrates how working together can strengthen the capacity of local services so that they can respond more effectively to meet the needs of victims.”

Gail Gray, Chief Executive of RISE, said: “We are exceptionally pleased to have won the contract. As three organisations who have proven track records and experience of developing and delivering services for survivors of abuse and violence winning this endorses us as the lead specialist providers. It also provides us with a more sustainable income base for the next three years. Consistency of provision can only be good news for our service users and staff.”

Dr Tom Scanlon, Director of Public Health for Brighton & Hove City Council said: “The partnership between RISE, CRI and Survivors’ Network brings together established voluntary sector services that have a long track record of working in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. The new service will form a key part of our work to respond to this public health concern”.

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