This week, Norfolk’s communities, voluntary groups and organisations are coming together to say no to domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The annual Norfolk Says No campaign, which was launched this morning in Poringland, aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence and highlight the help and support available to victims. The launch is followed by a week-long programme of community events.
Using a white ribbon as its brand, the campaign runs alongside the national White Ribbon Campaign, sending the message that domestic abuse and sexual violence can affect anyone – any gender, any age, any sexual orientation, any social and professional class, any mental or physical ability, any race or religious belief.
PCC Stephen Bett said: “Everyone deserves a life free from abuse – no excuses and no exceptions. I am pleased to be supporting the Norfolk Says No campaign again this year.
“As your PCC I’ve made tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence a priority for Norfolk. This issue can’t be tackled by any one organisation alone, and Norfolk Says No gives us an opportunity to stand together in saying abuse won’t be tolerated here.
“To victims we say please don’t suffer in silence. Help is available, we will support you and take all the steps we can to stop the abuse.
“And for perpetrators we have this warning – as a county we will not turn a blind eye, we will take action and you will be brought to justice.”
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can find help here.
For more information on Norfolk Says No, please visit the Norfolk County Council campaign page.
And you can find out about some of the work being done in Norfolk to stop domestic abuse and sexual violence from OPCCN’s Ian Sturgess.