Have Your Say on Crime Affecting Women and Girls In Sussex – Brightling, East Sussex – village website

Message from Sussex Police via Neighbourhood Alert

Sussex Police are currently seeking views on the experience of women and girls as victims of harassment, sexual and violent crime. There’s just over one week to go to have your say in the survey

The survey forms part of the commitment by Sussex Police to engage with local communities on this issue, to better understand lived experiences and enhance work already underway.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rayland, Head of the force’s Public Protection Command, says: “We are seeking the experiences of everyone, particularly women and girls, to help us do better to prevent and detect such crimes and keep everyone safe.

“We know that crimes including harassment and sexual offences are under-reported and this anonymous survey will provide an up-to-date snapshot that improves our understanding of why, and how best, the police and other agencies in Sussex can provide support, keep people safe and target perpetrators

“We already have comprehensive plans in place to tackle violence against women and girls in Sussex and we enjoy really strong partnerships with local authorities, victim services, and charities, working together to seek to address the root causes of gender inequality.

“But it is clear that in the police service we must do more, and must consider doing some things differently. This survey will give us a valuable steer on experiences that people have had and how we can adapt our work to respond more effectively.

“It is part of a wider programme of targeted engagement to ensure we hear views from a cross-section of the community across Sussex. This too will feed into our operational response.”

If you feel unsafe, contact Sussex Police on 999. You can also report non-emergencies online at contact us on 999. You can find support at Sussex Safespace