Understanding the needs of survivors of sexual violence in Nottinghamshire

Understanding the needs of survivors of sexual violence including child sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner has been working closely with clinical commissioning groups, local authorities and NHS England/NHS Improvement – Midlands NHSE/NHSI to develop a joint commissioning approach for support for survivors of sexual violence and abuse across Nottinghamshire. 

The PCC and NHSE/NHSI, with survivors’ help, have commissioned a needs assessment for sexual violence and abuse survivors in Nottinghamshire. This needs assessment will inform future  services 
LimeCulture CIC, a national sexual violence training and development organisation with a strong track record of victim and survivor engagement in relation to service improvement is developing the needs assessment. 

As part of this work, LimeCulture CIC will be requesting data from  victims and survivors support services, as well as running a series of engagement events to gather the views of key stakeholders about the needs of survivors and what services could be provided to meet them. 

As such we will be running a series of focus groups and interviews with  services, commissioners and victims/survivors to capture the views, experiences and suggestions about how services can be targeted to best meet the needs of survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

This survey allows survivors and family members/supporters to contribute views anonymously.

It will be open from Monday 26 August to 23 September 2019.  Should you require any further information please contact research@limeculture.co.uk
All responses to this survey will be treated in the strictest confidence and fully anonymised before they are shared with the funders of this research.

All members of the LimeCulture CIC research team have enhanced disclosure barring systems (DBS) checks and experience of working with victims/survivors of sexual violence.

Responses will be stored in our secure data sever in an area accessible only to the LimeCulture research team. All identifiable information will be deleted from our servers when the research is complete at the end of  September 2019

LimeCulture understands that sharing information relating to this experience may cause distress. The following organisations are funded in Nottinghamshire to provide support to victims of sexual violence/abuse. 

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) - known locally as the Topaz Centre  provides crisis support for adults who have been sexually assaulted or raped, including forensic examinations and access to healthcare and follow on support. It is funded by NHS England and the PCC.   Tel:           0800 085 9993 (24 hour)               Web:        www.topazcentre.org

Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA)  provide practical, informational and emotional help for adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted and adult victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.     Tel:  0115 941 0440    Web:        https://nottssvss.org.uk/contact/ (secure web based referral form)

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* 1. Are you completing this as a 

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* 3. Below are a series of questions relating to your needs as a victim/survivor. However  if you would prefer to respond in your own words you may use this space to tell us. 

- What you feel your needs have been?

This may include
  • Harm from others e.g protection from ongoing abuse
  • Health and Medical Needs e.g forensic examination, sexual health
  • Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing e.g counselling and therapy
  • Coping Skills and Social Networks e.g cultural support
  • Alcohol and Drug Issues
  • Safeguarding and reducing the risk to other
  • Criminal Justice System Support e.g support with police and/or court processes
  • Employment and Education Needs
  • Finance Needs e.g accessing benefits and/or debt support
  • Accommodation and Housing Needs e.g Safe and Secure Housing
  • Immigration & Residence Needs
- What support you have received or tried to access ? This may include any barriers relating to the availability of services or suitability of services. 

- How well services have addressed your needs?

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* 5. What services have supported you with the following needs?

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* 6. Do you feel any personal characteristics (age , gender , religion, sexuality or disability) made any difference in the way you accessed services or meant you faced challenges accessing services?

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* 7. If services were unable to support your needs what would you like to have been offered?