Portsmouth residents are encouraged to help shape the development of a strategy to tackle sexual violence against women and girls.

Portsmouth City Council has launched a sexual violence and domestic abuse survey to seek feedback from those who live, work, study and visit the city. This includes those with lived experience as well as those with direct contact with the community such as people working in the night time economy, transport, education and healthcare.

The terms ‘domestic abuse’ and ‘sexual violence’ include a range of unacceptable and damaging behaviours; including rape and other sexual offences, stalking, physical violence, coercive control, honour-based abuse, revenge porn and up skirting.

The survey is for people over the age of 18. The council is working in other ways to understand the experience of children and people under the age of 18.

The results from the survey will be used to develop a strategy which will aim to tackle all forms of sexual violence and abuse.

Cllr Ian Holder, Cabinet Member for Safety in the Community said:

“Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse and violence. We want to hear from people living, working, studying and visiting Portsmouth to ensure that we can create a strategy that supports everyone regardless of the gender of the victim.

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the issue to fill in this quick survey and let us know their views.”

To take part in the survey visit research.net/r/PccVAWG