Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2023
This week is the National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, providing people with an opportunity to start conversations and explore the subject in greater depth.
Supporting victims is at the heart of everything we do. For 2022/23, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner successfully secured £503,000 additional funding from central government and invested this in support for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Essex. This will mean that we will be able to provide even more help and support for victims and survivors than we currently do. This extra funding will go to organisations such as Synergy rape crisis partnership, The Children’s Society, Wilderness Foundation and specialist domestic abuse charities Safe Steps, Changing Pathways and Next Chapter.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said: “Improving support for victims and protecting the vulnerable is a key priority in my police and crime plan and an important part of reducing the harm victims and survivors experience.
“We work hard across the county with our partner agencies to encourage survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence to come forward, seek support and report abuse. I want anybody affected by these hideous crimes to know that if they come forward and report crime against them they will be treated with care and compassion and provided with appropriate support.
Investing in specialist services is a vital part of this support and is designed to help survivors to cope and recover and bring offenders to justice.”
We will continue to work with partners and champion the rights of victims. #ItsNotOk #SAVSAW2023
It is never too late to get support. Access confidential support from specialists who understand how hard it is to talk about sexual abuse and sexual violence. To find support services to help you, visit: Synergy Essex I Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Services