Force to host virtual focus groups to hear from domestic violence and sexual violence survivors

We are hosting virtual focus groups this month to engage with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual abuse.

We want to hear your views and experiences of how we investigate domestic violence and sexual violence within Gwent Police.

Your views and opinions will help us to improve our response to ensure we keep people safe from harm.

The virtual focus group for survivors of domestic violence will take place on Tuesday, July 21, at 6pm.

The focus group for survivors of sexual violence will take place on Tuesday, July 28 at 6pm.

The groups will be run by the force’s survivor engagement co-ordinator and will be confidential.

Liz Lowther, survivor engagement co-ordinator, said: “I want victims to know that they can trust us and that together we can improve the services Gwent Police offer to survivors. The virtual focus groups are a first for us, during this health crisis it’s vital that we continue to serve our communities and support victims.  

“I understand that taking part in an event such as this may be very difficult, especially during this time. I would like to reassure those wanting to take part that you can contribute as much or as little as you feel comfortable in doing so and that support will be available.

“By working together we can make a difference to the service we provide to victims of domestic and sexual violence in our communities.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the virtual focus groups can get in contact with Liz Lowther for more information on how to join in.

Call 0300 1232133 or email [email protected]

We are running a campaign encouraging people to #ReadBetweenTheLines and help those who may be suffering from domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is not always immediately obvious or visible.

Domestic abuse can take many forms including:

  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Threatening, controlling  & coercive behaviour
  • Sexual
  • Physical

If you are a victim, or are worried about someone you know, you can call the Live Fear Free helpline 24/7 for advice and support;

Phone 0808 80 10 800

Text 07860 077 333

You can also call Gwent Police on 101 or direct message us on Facebook or Twitter. In an emergency always dial 999.

Find more information about the help and support available here. 

For more on the #ReadBetweenTheLines campaign click here