Meet your local officers
Date/Time: 10 Sep 2015, 10:00
End Date/Time: 9 Sep 2016, 14:00
Location: Lewes Police station,
Your Local Police Station opening hours are 10am until 2pm Monday to Friday. If you wish to speak in person to an officer, please visit within these hours.
Lewes Living Library
Type: Local surgery
Date/Time: 3 Dec 2015, 14:00
End Date/Time: 3 Dec 2015, 17:00
Location: Lewes Library, Styles field, Lewes,
To mark the anniversary of the white ribbon Campaign and the commence of our Month long Domestic Abuse awareness campaign, Lewes District NPT and partners will be holding Pop up DA awareness / support sessions in November and December. These will be held at local public meeting places where victims will be able to seek advice, care and support without being conspicuous there will also be advice and support available for anyone who suspects they know a victim of domestic abuse and for friends, family, colleagues etc of victims and survivors. Dates and venues will be made available closer to the time, please keep an eye open for these.
Your neighbourhood policing teams will be working to raise awareness, reporting and convictions for offences relating to Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Abuse. These will be ongoing priorities for our district. Both are highly emotive and sensitive subjects to discuss and therefore reaching those most at risk can be difficult. With your help, we can start to speak more about these issues, raise awareness and ultimately achieve our objectives to save lives and make offenders accountable for their crimes.
Issue raised on 10 Sep 2015
What is Child Sexual Exploitation? Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Young people may be expected to engage in sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, gifts, accommodation, affection, status, food, drugs or alcohol. The manipulation or 'grooming' process involves befriending children and gaining their trust. This may happen over a long period of time before the abuse begins and often involves the perpetrator feeding the victim drugs or alcohol. Those exploiting the young person will have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Child sexual exploitation can manifest itself in different ways. It may involve older perpetrators controlling a young person through financial, emotional or physical means. It can involve peers, sometimes within gangs, manipulating or forcing victims into sexual activity. Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology without the child's immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain. It is increasingly a feature of the activity of organised crime groups too, where perpetrators may profit financially from trafficking young victims between different locations to engage in sexual activity. A significant difficulty for parents and agencies seeking to protect children is that this is a form of abuse which is often misunderstood by victims and outsiders as consensual. Victims can be tricked into believing they are in a loving relationship, but the law is clear - no child under the age of 18 can ever consent to being abused or exploited. Operation Kite is the Sussex Police response to Child Sexual Exploitation. Work is ongoing internally with our own staff, as well as with partner agencies to improve recognition and understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation. This will allow us to build a better picture of this type of crime here is Sussex and enable us to target perpetrators and safeguard victims. Indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation Regularly coming home late or going missing Overtly sexualised dress, sexualised risk taking (including on the internet) Associating with unknown adults Experimenting with drugs and alcohol Poor self image, eating disorders or self harm Non school attendance Getting into cars with unknown adults or associating with adults that have connections with Child Sexual Exploitations Clipping (offering to have sex for money or other payment and then running before sex takes place) Disclosure of physical sexual assault and then refusing to make or withdrawing complaint Reports of being involved in Child Sexual Exploitation through being seen in hotspots (certain flats, recruiting grounds, cars or houses and maybe in company of known adults) Having a much older boyfriend/girlfriend Pattern of street homelessness and staying with an adult believed to be sexually exploiting them Being moved around for sexual activity Being in possession of money or goods (including mobile phones) that are unaccounted for How to report Child Sexual Exploitation? If you are worried that you or someone you know is a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation please contact us immediately giving as much information as possible. Any reports of Child Sexual Exploitation will be passed to our safeguarding investigations unit and dealt with by specially trained staff and officers. You can report to us anonymously and we will record and investigate offences even if you do not want to give your details. Call us on 101 quoting Operation Kite, if a person is in immediate danger or a crime is in progress always dial 999 Report online: /help-centre/report-something-online/personal-crime-(domestic-abusehate-crimesex-offence) Visit your local police station DOMESTIC ABUSE If you are worried that someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can help. How you treat you friend or relative can make a big difference to their situation: Be a strong support - respect their feelings and opinions about the situation and don't try to impose your own views. Be patient - coming to terms with dealing with the situation might take some time for them, especially if it involves moving their family. Don't underestimate the danger they could be in. Whether they have confided in you or you have seen the warning signs and want to act, remember that it could be very difficult for them to talk about their experiences. When you speak to them: Choose a safe, private place to talk. Make sure you give them time to speak about how they are feeling and their experiences without interrupting with your own views. Be sensitive that their situation is complicated - although you may feel strongly that they should leave their partner, if family members and children are involved then it may not be that simple. Make sure they understand that you are there to support them and that they can be honest about their feelings, whatever they may be. Make it clear that no one deserves to be experiencing violence or abuse, whatever he/she has been told by their abuser. Encourage them to seek help, whether it is with the police, a solicitor, a councillor via one of the charities listed below or their doctor. Help them understand that deciding what to do is their decision. Practical things you can do: Find out more about domestic abuse and the support services available (listed below).Make sure you are knowledgeable about the paths victims can take to act against the abuse they are experiencing. Encourage others to be more aware of the problem. Give him/her practical help in reporting the abuse or getting help, and offer to come with them to meetings with solicitors or the police. If they have been injured, arrange a visit to hospital with them. Work through a safety plan with them (see the details here). Help them communicate if they are worried that their abuser might be intercepting their letters, emails, phone calls or other messages - offer to give them internet access from your home (where their online activity cannot be traced) or redirect letters or phone calls to your address. Keep yourself safe too - never try to communicate with the abuser or put yourself in danger by making them perceive that you might be trying to threaten their relationship.
Wednesday (25 November) marked White Ribbon Day - a symbol of hope for a world in which women and girls can live free from the fear of violence and abuse. This date also marks the start of our Domestic Abuse campaign.
Issue raised on 26 Nov 2015
"Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. Last year 2.1 million people suffered domestic violence in the UK, and seven women and two men are killed in the UK each month by a partner or ex-partner. "In Sussex in 2014/15, 7,952 domestic abuse incidents and crimes were reported to police and 522 referrals were made for the highest risk victims of domestic violence and abuse. "However, we know that domestic abuse is still under-reported. and we want to raise awareness with friends and family of victims and give advice how they can support victims to seek help."We also want to say to victims that they do not stand alone and are not to blame for the violence used against them." "Violence can be, and often is, an element of this abuse and it is vital we don't shy away from addressing this sensitive issue which happens in our communities. "I would encourage everyone - no matter what your gender - to show your support and wear a white ribbon. Any act of violence is wrong, and should never be condoned or seen as acceptable. We should not have to live in fear of violent abuse, and the more people we can reach out to the bigger the message will be." For advice and support about domestic abuse visit www.sussex.police.ukor call 101 or 01273 470101 To join in the Twitter debate, use #talktous. If you don't want to talk to the police, talk to someone. These organisations can also help The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk Domestic Violence Helpline 0300 999 5428 www.brokenrainbow.org.uk Mens Advice Line 0808 801 0372 www.mensadviceline.org.uk Respect 0808 802 4040 www.respectphoneline.org.uk Contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org Sussex Rise 01273 622822 www.riseuk.org.uk (Brighton& Hove and East Sussex) Safe in the City www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help (Brighton& Hove) East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service 0844 225 0657 Victim Support (South East) 0845 389 9528 Worth 0300 222 8181 www.worthservices.org (WestSussex)