Your Voice Matters

Our Your Voice Matters survey aims to understand the experiences of women and girls across the county.

Open to women and girls aged 13+, the results will be anonymously analysed by UCLan and be used inform our policing response to violence and intimidation against women and girls.

This is part of wider partnership work with agencies across Lancashire about how we can work together to tackle these issues across the county.

The Your Voice Matters survey is available now (Wednesday 17th November) until noon on Friday 10th December. It can be completed by visiting:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Your_Voice_Matters_2021

This survey is for women and girls who live in Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.

If you do not live in Lancashire, Blackpool or Blackburn with Darwen, you can take part in StreetSafe the Government’s pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues or because of some behaviours. Access StreetSafe.

 

Male victims and survivors

Although we know that feeling unsafe is not exclusive to women, sexual violence and harassment offences are overwhelmingly committed by males against females.

We would like to reassure male victims and survivors that we take all reports of crime seriously.

Anybody who has experienced this type of crime (whether recently or in the past) is encouraged to come forward to report it, safe in the knowledge they will always be treated sensitively and professionally.

If you would like to make a report to us, you can do so by:

  • Reporting online
  • Calling 101
  • In an emergency, where a crime is ongoing or lives are in immediate danger, please dial 999

 

Support services for adults

If you or somebody you know has been the victim of a crime, you can receive free and confidential support from Lancashire Victims Services. You can call 0300 323 0085 or chat online at https://lancashirevictimservices.org/ 

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault, you can also self-refer to the Sexual Assault and Forensic Examination Centre (The SAFE Centre).

The SAFE Centre provides forensic examinations, advice and comprehensive support services for people who make a report of rape or sexual assault. You can find more information on their website: www.lancashireteachinghospitals.nhs.uk/safe-centre

If you have been affected by stalking, you can contact Paldain, the national stalking advocacy service, via their website: Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service - Who We Are (paladinservice.co.uk)

If you need emergency accommodation if you’re in an abusive relationship, you can call Safenet/Lancashire Refuges on 0300 303 3581 or visit lancashirerefuges.org.uk.

 

Support for young people

Nest Lancashire supports young people aged 8 to 18 who have been affected by crime or subjected to threats or harassment. You can talk to them in confidence and all their services are free of charge.

Call NEST on 0300 111 0323 or text the word NEST and your number to 60777

Remember, in an emergency – where a crime is ongoing or lives are in danger, please dial 999.