PCC supports Sexual Violence Awareness Week

5-9 February 2018 was national Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martyn Underhill marked the week with a visit to the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre (DRCSC). The centre provides a range of services for victims of sexual violence and abuse. It has been running for almost 30 years and is part-funded by the PCC’s office.

DRCSC began in the late eighties as a helpline for women and girls, but has evolved into a centre providing services to men, women, children and young people. It has had to develop in order to meet increasing demand, and OPCC funding has recently been secured for another Children and Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). 

Helen Stevens, Service Manager at DRCSC, said: “It has been great to have the support of our PCC, Martyn Underhill in his visit to the centre during the national awareness week.  He met staff and volunteers during his time with us.  It has been a busy week for us as we have been involved in a number of different events across Dorset.  We have been delighted to have so many different community groups and businesses want to partner with us this year, with the message ITSNOTOK.”

If you have experienced sexual violence, or if you know someone who has, there are many organisations that can help. Visit www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp for details, or call Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre on 01202 308855 or The Shores on 01202 552056. In an emergency – if a crime is in progress or life is in danger – please dial 999.


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