NHS England announced an opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioner’s to apply for non-recurrent funding to enable specialist sexual assault services to deliver specialist support that aligned with their Sexual Assault and Abuse Strategy period.
As part of the application process the Office of the PCC submitted a bid in partnership with Arch Teesside and Eva (Redcar) to support additional capacity for specialist sexual abuse and violence counselling to reduce waiting times for those awaiting this provision. Arch and Eva report demand for sexual abuse/violence counselling has risen by approximately 20% over the past year. The OPCC were awarded £92,092 from NHS England to distribute between Arch Teesside and Eva for sexual abuse/violence counselling.
Following a review of the demand for sexual abuse/violence counselling across Cleveland, including a breakdown of demand by geographical area the following allocation for counselling provision between 1 September 2023 and 31 March 2025 was determined:
- Arch Teesside will be awarded £57,679.53 to deliver specialist sexual abuse/violence counselling across Cleveland to men, women and children
- Eva will be awarded £34,412.47 to deliver specialist sexual abuse/violence counselling to women and children in Redcar and Cleveland