Anti-rape campaign gets council’s support

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

THE HORSHAM District Community Safety Partnership is supporting a nationwide campaign against teen rape.

The Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) campaign is being rolled out around the country to try and prevent teenagers becoming victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and abuse.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage teenagers to re-think their views of rape, sexual assault, violence and abuse and direct them to places for help and advice.

WORTH (Ways of responding through health) IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors) Services provide specialist support for victims of domestic abuse in West Sussex.

Specially trained Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) carry out an assessment of risk and give immediate advice on safety, talk through all the options and advise on the next steps.

Appropriate services for any further support needs will be identified on behalf of the victim with other appropriate agencies. The service can be contacted seven days a week between 9am to 5pm by calling 07834 968539. Normal mobile network charges apply.

Further information can be found on the website www.worthservices.org

Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, Sue Rogers (Con, Steyning) said: “Campaigns such as this offer a vital lifeline to a very vulnerable sector of our community.

“Many young people find it hard to reach out for help and assistance and initiatives such as this must be welcomed, encouraged and supported.”

Further information and help is available by visiting the campaign’s dedicated website www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse

The website offers further information and advice as well as signposts to organisations that can provide specialist help and advice.

It provides information for teenagers in heterosexual and same sex relationships, as well as male victims.