Local consultation on domestic violence and abuse

Posted May, 2018

Members of the public are being asked for their help in tackling domestic and sexual violence and abuse locally.

Brighton & Hove and East Sussex Councils are working together on a joint strategy to improve the city’s response to:

  • Domestic abuse (including physical, emotional, mental, financial and sexual abuse, and coercive and controlling behaviour);
  • Stalking and harassment;
  • Sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment;
  • Female genital mutilation;
  • Forced marriage;
  • Crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’;
  • Sexual exploitation, including through prostitution and the sex industry.

The consultation is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives, works or travels to Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

You are encouraged to have your say if you have:

  • Directly been affected by violence and abuse;
  • Been affected by a friend’s or family member’s experience;
  • Witnessed violence and abuse in your community;
  • Are a professional working in this field

To take part in the consultation, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PMHLDCD

There is a quick ‘exit’ button at the top right hand corner of every page of the survey.

Have your say in person on 20th June

Jennifer, the Project Manager from AVA, has kindly offered to facilitate a focus group on Wednesday 20th June, 14:00-16:00 at the RISE office, where women with lived experience can verbally input into the local Violence Against Women and Girls strategy consultation without having to complete the online form.

The room is accessible for wheelchair users, we can offer interpreters and women will also be reimbursed for their travel expenses and time. 

We need a minimum of six participants to go ahead with the focus group, so please RSVP to Kate McQueen: [email protected], as soon as possible.

The National Government is also looking for views on how best to support people affected by domestic abuse, so there has never been a better time to have your say. Please note - the national consultation closes on 31st may 2018.