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Have your say on shaping the future of domestic abuse support in Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough council is conducting a needs assessment in relation to domestic abuse which will help inform the development of strategy and influence how they commission domestic abuse services in the future. Good commissioning begins with a good understanding of need and reviewing the effectiveness of how those needs are being met. Thinking about the design of future provision also presents an opportunity to consider any contextual changes that need to be taken into account.

Valuing the voice of the VCS

Middlesbrough Council has made direct approaches to key stakeholders and specialist domestic abuse services but they are particularly interested in engaging with a wider range of organisations and their service users from across the voluntary and community sector who might have valuable information to contribute to this needs assessment. Therefore your opportunity to have a say in how a future domestic abuse service is developed is very important.

Have your say

Middlesbrough Council have worked with an independent consultant to develop a range of surveys which will help evidence stakeholders’ and specialist providers’ experience of working with commissioned services to identify what works well and potential areas for development and/or gaps in current provision. The surveys form part of a wider consultation plan which will involve specialist providers, commissioners and service users. The link for the surveys which are hosted on Lime House Consultation Portal can be accessed here


Can you help gather a focus group?

In addition, we would love to identify any organisations (not specialist domestic abuse services) that can help us to understand the views and experiences of those who have had contact with domestic abuse services. If you are such a group and you can help us to organise a focus group of 5-10 people per organisation please contact either:

Tracey Brittain, Senior Strategic Development Officer at MVDA on tracey.brittain@mvdauk.org.uk or telephone 07804238723

Claire Moore, Middlesbrough Domestic Abuse Operational Coordinator at Middlesbrough Council on claire_moore@middlesbrough.gov.uk

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