Campaign Overview

North West Sexual Violence Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of sexual violence and the support services available to survivors. The initiative, led by North West Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), police services, and sexual assault and abuse services, will take place from 3-10 November 2023.

Sexual violence is any kind of sexual activity or act (including online) that was unwanted, took place without consent or involved pressure, manipulation, intimidation, threats, deception or force.

Startling statistics reveal a concerning rise in sexual offences, yet the number of survivors reporting or seeking help remains low. Many survivors struggle with the difficult decision of whether to come forward, often driven by a fear of not being believed, fear of judgment, feeling embarrassed or humiliated, thinking that the police can’t help, or simply not knowing where to turn.

North West Sexual Violence Awareness Week is here to let survivors know that their voices matter and that help is readily available. Whether you choose to report the incident to the police or not, the power to make that decision rests firmly with you. Regardless of your choice, you have access to free counselling, compassionate support services and the option to undergo forensic medical examinations, preserving crucial evidence if needed in the future.

What’s happening?

Through our campaign we will be reaching out to communities and organisations across the North West to help us raise awareness and to signpost the much-needed commissioned services available to survivors.

Who’s involved?

All organisations across North West England can be involved in the project. Currently, local authorities, sexual violence support services, local police forces, charities and universities are taking part.

Support our campaign!

We invite you to download our campaign resources to help spread awareness far and wide. If you have any ideas on how you would like to support the campaign or if you’re hosting any events during North West Sexual Violence Awareness Week, please get in touch with us. We’re here to support your efforts and collectively reach as many individuals as possible.

Downloadable resources

Myths and Stereotypes 2023

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Campaign toolkit

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Instagram story templates

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A4 posters

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Social media assets

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Supporter posts

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Social media headers

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North West Sexual Violence Awareness Week 3-10 November 2023

A week dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence services across North West England and how you can access them.

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£1.5 million Safer Streets Funding announced across the North West to tackle violence against women and girls

£1.5 million has been successfully secured from the UK Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund for projects that will tackle violence against women and girls and increase the feeling of safety for residents. 

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Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire on sexual violence support services

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, explains his role and the commissioned services across the county.

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About Us

This website was developed in collaboration with North West Police Crime Commissioners, NHS England, and Sexual Assault & Abuse Services.

The North West SAAS Partner Network (Strategic Direction for Sexual Assault and Abuse Services) is led by NHS England and covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

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