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Police and Crime Commissioner supporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley is supporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week which is taking place 1st – 7th February.

The PCC is raising awareness of the support that is available to victims of sexual abuse and violence and encouraging them to come forward for help during the national lockdown.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner manages Victims First which offers support to all victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  The Victims First Specialist Service includes Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) who provide practical and emotional support to both male and female victims of sexual violence, who are aged 18 or over. In addition, Victims First’s Young Victims Service supports young victims of sexual abuse and violence aged between 5 and 18 across the Thames Valley.

The PCC has also funded three additional ISVAs within the Adult Specialist Service to work specifically with victims from BAMER (Black Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee) communities.

Both services can offer support regardless of when or where the crime took place, or whether or not it has been reported to the police.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner of the Thames Valley said “This awareness week, it’s important to make people aware that support for victims of sexual abuse and violence is available, especially throughout the national lockdown when some people may be living with an abuser. 

“Remember, the government’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive doesn’t apply if someone is in danger or escaping injury or abuse.  Victims First has continued to provide support throughout the pandemic and I encourage anyone needing support to contact Victims First by calling 0300 1234 148 or through the website using either Live Chat or our online referral form.”

Victims First can be contacted on 0300 1234 148 or online at www.victims-first.org.uk

In an emergency, always contact the police by dialling 999.

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