Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated one in five adults has experienced child abuse
An estimated 8.5m adults in the UK are believed to have experienced some form of abuse as a child, statistics released this week have found.
Results from The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years old experienced at least one form of child abuse before the age of 16.
This ranges from emotional, physical, sexual, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse.
Chief Inspector Peter Quinn, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Public Protection Unit, said the force is committed to tackling child abuse in all its forms.
He said: “Child abuse can have a massive impact on people’s lives and as a force, we work incredibly hard to ensure that victims of child abuse are given the care they need.
“The complexities of a child abuse case can lead to lengthy investigations into historical abuse and as a force we are committed to finding those responsible for abusing children and bringing them before the courts.
“Alongside the investigations, we need to make sure that we provide a safe environment for those disclosing abuse to us.
“Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has made a significant investment to ensure that an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor is available to support all survivors of sexual abuse whether adult or child and irrespective of when that abuse took place.
“It is incredibly important that police officers understand the very personal nature of a survivor’s journey and therefore work closely with the advisors to ensure this is considered at each step of the investigation.
“We hope that our approach has and will continue to encourage survivors to come forward and help us bring perpetrators to justice.
“If you are a victim of abuse of any kind, please do not hesitate to contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
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