Consultation: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Supporting survivors of sexual violence – we need your views to shape the future

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.

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. Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning these support services for survivors in partnership with other agencies. In Cambridgeshire these services are funded by the Commissioner through his Victim Services Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and NHS England. Cambridgeshire is also one of five areas with responsibility for commissioning local services funded through the Home Office’s Rape Support Fund. This enables services to better meet local needs.

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.

You can access the two surveys below. (Stakeholders) (Survivors)

Both surveys are being run by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. All responses will be kept completely confidential and all data collected will be 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.

The surveys take less than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for investing your time in completing it.

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