Crimes against the person
North Yorkshire Police understands that different types of crime affect people in different ways and that the types and level of information they require may also differ.
Listed below are the most common types of vulnerability crimes in North Yorkshire and some advice about where to go for further information.
Domestic abuse and honour based violence
The police take every report of domestic abuse extremely seriously. Often people do not report incidents of this type of crime because sometimes they do not realise they are a victim. Domestic abuse can include physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse. So-called Honour based violence is a violent crime or incident which has taken place to protect or defend the honour of a family or community. It is not right for anyone to have to suffer this type of violence – which is a crime. For more information visit the Domestic Abuse and Honour based violence webpages.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child sexual exploitation is the sexual exploitation of children and young people under the age of 18. Quite often, young people who’ve been sexually exploited don’t see themselves as victims. That’s because victims are groomed and manipulated into believing they are in a genuine relationship with the offender – even is this is purely online via the internet.
If you are worried about a child and don’t want to speak to the police then you can call the NSPCC for information and advice on 0808 800 5000.
If you are under 18 you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
You can report any suspicious online behaviour or activity by calling or texting 11 6000.
Rape and sexual assault
Rape and sexual assault is extremely traumatic and the police take every report of this type of crime extremely seriously. Victims will be supported by specialist officers and treated with dignity and respect throughout the investigation process.
If you have been a victim of this type of crime and don’t feel ready to report the incident to the police then you can access support and advice from the North Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).
Fraud is a UK-wide threat and affects many people of all ages across the country. Many people are falling victim to all kinds of fraud because the criminal finds ways to trick people into handing over money for what they think is a genuine cause. This can be doorstep fraud (bogus callers), online shopping fraud and email scams.
Modern slavery and human trafficking is a growing issue affecting men, woman and children. Victims are viewed as a commodity and are exploited over and over again either sexually, criminally or for their labour. Modern slavery is a hidden crime but it’s happening all around us in our towns and cities and in our countryside too.
Hate Crime affects every generation, gender, sexuality and race. It often effects those with a form of disability too. It inflicts great psychological distress on a victim.