Innovative campaign helps Nottingham residents save friends from domestic abuse – March 2017


A new campaign is being trialled in Nottingham that could help people save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. For the first time in the City, ordinary residents will be given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support.

Nottingham-based charity Equation is trialling the #HelpAFriend project, using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, and several promotional giveaway events.  Equation hopes the campaign will raise the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives up to 10,000 calls each year.

Chloe Cheeseman, Campaigns Coordinator at Equation, said: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.

“Equation’s innovative #HelpAFriend campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.”

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services; find out more at

You can also find out how to support a friend or family member on the equation website:

Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2016

Details of substance misuse and related services opening times, plus other helpful information for the winter period are available here:

Service Christmas Opening Times 2016


Help the development of  a new sexual violence and abuse service in Nottingham City

The Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership commissioned a new service on behalf of the Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group. The new service launched in April 2016

An advisory group has identified six groups where the service would like to develop its knowledge and understanding. The CDP and the service are committed to continuous development and co-production of the service.

The groups are:

  • Disabled people and those with learning difficulties
  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities
  • Survivors of historic and institutional and historic abuse
  • Refugees (including war rape and corrective rape
  • Men who have sex with men and use substances (CHEMSEX)
  • Survivors of rape in prison

See details of the events here


24th August 2016 – Hospital Substance Misuse Care Team is out to tender

On behalf of Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, the Crime & Drugs Partnership is seeking bids for a Hospital Substance Misuse Care Team. The service will deliver a liaison service within Nottingham University Hospitals supporting hospital clinical staff to identify and respond appropriately to substance misusing patients on wards and in the Emergency Department (ED). The service will deliver brief and structured treatment to patients in Nottingham University Hospitals and provide a key link between the hospital and community services, assertively engage those leaving hospital into community substance misuse services.

To access the e-tendering portal:

***New Service launching 1st July 2016***

Nottingham Recovery Network

From 1st July all new drug and alcohol referrals should be directed to Nottingham Recovery Network (NRN)

NRN will deliver a complete and confidential access, advice, support, treatment and recovery service in the heart of Nottingham.

You can simply ring or drop in for advice and an assessment of your needs:

Drop into:

NEMS Platform One Practice, 79a Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LD. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fris 9.30-5.30pm   Wednedsay 9.30-6.30pm

12 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3AL. Saturday 9.30am-1pm

Phone 0115 970 9590 or 079205 86524 or 0800 066 5362

For more information or to contact them online, please go to:  or

26th January 2016 – Nottingham City Substance Misuse Services contracts awarded 

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership have tendered a new substance misuse treatment system for Nottingham City.

The following providers were successful and new services will be operational in July 2016:

  • Integrated Adult Drug & Alcohol Treatment & Support Service – Framework Housing Association with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Double Impact
  • Specialist Needle Exchange & Sexual Health Service – Framework Housing Association with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Double Impact
  • Family Support Service – Lifeline Project with The Children’s Society



2015 Respect Survey findings

This report contains a summary of the findings from the ‘Respect for Nottingham’ survey commissioned by the Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership and conducted by Information by Design (IbyD) with fieldwork undertaken in between September and December 2015. The survey was undertaken to explore the views and opinions of local residents about their local area and the city centre in relation to aspects of anti-social behaviour (ASB), crime and community safety and the strategic partnership between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council.

Download here:

Strategic Assessment 2015/16

The aim of this Strategic Assessment is to provide Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership (CDP) and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with an assessment of current, emerging and long-term issues and threats affecting Nottingham. The assessment is refreshed annually in order to review the CDP’s priority issues for 2016/17 and to help inform the refresh of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.

Download here:


Commissioning decision for Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group tender process

The following services were successful as part of the Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group tender process and launched on 1st April 2016; Womens Aid Integrated Services ( domestic violence and abuse services), Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis ( sexual violence and abuse services) and Equation ( Prevention service). The Crime and Drugs Partnership undertook the tender process on behalf of Nottingham City Council ( including Public Health), Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Group and the Office of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The womens refuges continue to be managed by Nottingham Community Housing Association, Metropolitan Housing Association, Womens Aid Integrated Services and Nottingham Central Womens Aid.



New Psychoactive Substances Data Collection System launched (6th January 2016)

Little is known nationally or locally about the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (incorrectly referred to as Legal Highs). Lifeline Journey, Nottingham City’s Specialist Young People’s Substance Misuse Treatment Service are co-ordinating the collection of data to improve the city’s knowledge and subsequently the response to NPS use. If you have any information, please complete the form and return to

Bi-weekly NPS and Substance statistics


Substance Misuse Commissioning Review 2015 now available

The aim of the Substance Misuse Commissioning Review is to assess the effectiveness of treatment services commissioned by The Crime & Drugs Partnership in the context of Nottingham and its citizens. The Review aims to identify and make recommendations in response to both arising and enduring issues facing Nottingham’s in treatment population and citizens not yet accessing treatment who could benefit from some level of intervention.

Substance Misuse Commissioning Review 2015