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5 February, 2024

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2024: Commissioner Zoë and her team showcase support services in North Yorkshire and York.

Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe and her team at the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner are supporting National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week by highlighting services and information available for anyone across the county on the topic.

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence and to provide an opportunity for any organisation or individual to engage in dialogue across the first full week of February.

The main goal is to raise awareness with organisations across the UK promoting healthy discussions around the subject and shining a spotlight on what resources and services are accessible to people within their communities.

By supporting this awareness week, Commissioner Zoë and her office have put together a specific webpage with a selection of resourceful information around the commissioned services, funded projects, and multi-agency work they are apart of around helping  – all of which aligns with the priorities outlined in her own partnership VAWG strategy published in July 2022.

Commissioner Zoë said:

“I am proud we are fully supporting and continuing to raise awareness about the issues of sexual abuse and sexual violence, highlighting to the public the wealth of services that I commission to support residents of York and North Yorkshire.

“We are working hard in York and North Yorkshire to ensure that victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence feel that they are heard, believed and receive an appropriate trauma-aware response.

“Throughout the course of this week, my office will be showcasing the work that is ongoing in York and North Yorkshire to enhance support for victims and survivors, giving examples of some of the initiatives that have been developed to help people Be Safe and Feel Safe.”

To find out more about this awareness week please visit: #ITSNOTOK – Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2024