Coventry and Warwickshire continue to priorities work to end sexual violence and assault – Coventry City Council
Coventry and Warwickshire partners are once again coming together to highlight a campaign to keep girls and women safe from sexual assault as the local 16 Weeks of Action campaign, ends.
The ‘Enough’ campaign is a government initiative raising awareness of the different forms of abuse and how to report it, like the local 16 Weeks of Action. We want to remind residents we are continuing to work with our partners to put a stop to sexual abuse and assault and this remains a top priority. Victims of this abuse do not have to walk this path alone and support is always available for those who need it.
Abuse takes many forms including emotional, physical, sexual or financial and can be words or actions, as well as inflicted by a partner, ex-partner, family member, colleague, friend or stranger. This kind of abuse can reduce victim’s ability to access help and support because perpetrators can use coercive and controlling behaviour, as they attempt to shut down victim’s routes to safety and support.
The continued work in this area is all part of a citywide domestic abuse strategy running from 2018 to 2023, which was set out to tackle the on-going crime. This has influenced the way the commissioned services have been brought together, and also focuses on preventing honour-based violence and forced marriage.
Services are available locally for anyone in the city who may be a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, and we want to start the campaign by putting the free Coventry Safe to Talk website and helpline in the spotlight.
If you have been subjected to abuse, or feel you may be at risk, or have a friend or family member, who is being subjected to (or at risk of) abuse the Safe to Talk helpline is available Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am – 1pm. For support call 0800 111 4998 an online chat function is also available.
On this site you will find information about different types of abuse including, domestic, sexual, honour-based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). There are links to services that can provide help, whatever your age, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status or any other factors that you may be concerned about. This provides free advice, support and information to victims, children and perpetrators, with access to multi-lingual specialist workers.
If you have been affected by sexual violence then please contact the Blue Sky Centre (for recent sexual assault), CRASAC (for historical abuse/assault) or the Police. You do not have to report to the police but you can still access the blue sky centre or CRASAC for help and support.