Sarah Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered close to her home in London.
But violence and abuse against women is prevalent everywhere – including in Sarah’s home town of York.
Following the whole life prison sentence given to her murderer Wayne Couzens, North Yorkshire Police have issued a statement about their commitment to protect women and girls.
Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, North Yorkshire Police’s lead for safeguarding, said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe.
“For some time now the safety of women and girls has been a major concern for many.
“The shocking murder of Sarah Everard, originally from York, sparked an outpouring of public anger and raised questions about how we as a society, Government and key agencies can work together to stop violence.
“Preventing violence against women and girls, safeguarding victims, pursuing and prosecuting perpetrators and protecting vulnerable people is a key priority for North Yorkshire Police and has been the central strand throughout both our control strategy and the police and crime plan for a number of years.”
Crime data shows North Yorkshire is one of the safest counties in England, but Det Supt Harder said the force was not complacent.
“Helping our communities to feel and be safe is at the very centre of what we do every day. Our patrol plans are flexible and intelligence-lead, so that we can ensure local communities have the police support and visibility they need, when they need it.
“The policing of the night-time economy is a priority for our local commands, ensuring those who both participate and work in it are safe.
“Sadly though, it has to be recognised that for many women and girls the threat of harm does not come from being outdoors. For the vast majority of those at risk, home is the most dangerous place to be.
“Over the past year our officers and staff have undergone some transformative domestic abuse training.
“We are pleased to say the training has had a direct impact on the operational response and support being provided to victims.”
“Finally, to those who are experiencing violence, abuse or intimidation, I would ask you to please speak to us. You will be listened to, you will be believed and respected and we will do everything in our power to help you.”
If you are experiencing abuse, violence or intimidation you can report it to North Yorkshire Police by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999 and we will respond to you.
You can read the full statement here.