Supporting survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse

Sexual violence and rape can have a significant and long-lasting impact on those who experience it.

Being able to access the right support at a time which is right for a victim can be important to help them cope with their experience.

Police and Crime Commissioners took on the responsibility for commissioning support services for victims of crime in 2014.

In Cambridgeshire a pooled budget arrangement with Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and NHS England funds a countywide support service. Cambridgeshire is also one of five areas selected to take part in a sexual violence local commissioning test with the Home Office. This means the county’s allocation from the national Rape Support Fund is devolved to the Police and Crime Commissioner. This is not new money but allows the funds to be used to respond to local commissioning needs.

You can find what broad services will be commissioned for Cambridgeshire residents from the Commissioning Intentions document below. Background information on the number of reported crimes and referrals into the current service is also available below.

Consultation – your views to shape the future

In Cambridgeshire the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (called The Elms) is based in Huntingdon and provides a single place where victims can seek specialist clinical help. For example an examination can be offered. This service is jointly funded by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and NHS England.

You can also get emotional and practical support from staff (in particular Independent Sexual Violence Advisers) and volunteers based in Cambridge or Peterborough Rape Crisis – collectively called the Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership.

It is important that the agencies who jointly fund these local specialist services know what people think of them. Two surveys have been created to enable the views of service users and stakeholders (professionals who refer to them) to be collected.

This means when the services are re-commissioned and developed for the future they can even more closely meet the needs of the people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who use them.

The surveys for stakeholders and survivors are now closed.

Both surveys were run by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. All responses have been kept completely confidential and all data collected stored securely for the duration of this project and then destroyed, in accordance with General Data Protection policy requirements. We may use anonymised quotations from responses in our report.

Thank you in for investing your time in completing the survey.

If you want to talk to someone about any issues raised in the survey please contact the Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership.