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Impact of peer-on-peer abuse across Thames Valley highlighted in report launched today

An Oxfordshire-based charity has today (21 May 2020) published ‘Experiences of Peer-on-Peer Abuse in the Thames Valley’ after receiving funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF).

After applying for the PPAF last year, which is run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, SAFE! secured £5,000 to support the research and publishing of the report into peer-on-peer abuse.

SAFE! was set up in 2008 with the support of the government to find creative ways of supporting young victims. They provide support to young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years old in the Thames Valley who have been hurt by a crime or bullying.

The Police Property Act Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “The impact of peer-on-peer abuse is an area of focus for the Thames Valley. Research into this, such as today’s report, can provide a really useful insight into the impact it can have on young people’s lives. 

“We are pleased to have been able to support SAFE! in the production of this report through the Police Property Act Fund. I look forward to seeing the benefits this report will have in tackling peer-on-peer abuse across the region.”

Chloe Purcell, Director at SAFE!, said: “At SAFE! we support young people affected by any type of crime around the Thames Valley. We wanted to conduct this research because of the numbers of young people we were supporting who were reporting abuse from other young people. Through this report we are delighted to be able to provide a look into how young people, parents and professionals see peer-on-peer abuse and the impact it can have on the lives of young people. Following our research we are calling for an increased focus on this pervasive issue through promotion of collective language, learning and practices.

“We would like to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner and Thames Valley Police, for providing the funding to produce the report, as well as our partners and young people for taking part in our research on this important area.”

For a copy of the full report, please visit the SAFE! website at http://www.safeproject.org.uk/youngPeople/about-SAFE.php.