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Safe Drive Stay Alive

Safe Drive Stay Alive is a road safety education initiative that aims to make young people more aware of their responsibilities on the road and the consequences of poor or irresponsible driving.

Through improving young people’s awareness and their attitude to responsible driving, the ultimate aim is to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by, or involving young people (age 17 – 24), and therefore positively influence the number of injuries or deaths on the roads in Surrey involving this at risk group.

Young people (primarily aged 16 – 19) are invited to attend a highly charged and emotionally engaging stage ‘performance’ at Dorking Halls. Each live performance consists of a series of films, each featuring people recalling true stories of how they and their families have been affected by a road traffic collision death of a young person.

The performances are open to all young people aged 16-19 in further education, free of charge, within Surrey. Young people who have been identified, by our partners, as at possible greater risk through irresponsible/dangerous driving behaviour are also invited to attend.

For 2016/17 the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has provided £35,000 to support the deliverty of 19 performances between 1 November and 11 November, reaching up to 12,000 local young people.

For more information please visit www.safedrivesurrey.org

Understanding Coercive Control with Professor Evan Stark

On 29 December 2015, coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate or family relationship became a criminal offence, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour that exerts power and control over another. It is a complex pattern of abuse, and can include controlling finances, depriving their partner of their basic needs and isolating them from friends and family. It includes behaviour that happens not only face-to-face, but can also happen by phone and via social media.

On 10 March 2016 the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey ran an event for officers from Surrey Police, as well as partners from the councils, NHS, education and victim support services, to gain a better understanding of this new offence and how best to respond to it.

The event featured Professor Evan Stark, an award-winning researcher with an international reputation, whose book Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life has played a major role in redefining domestic abuse in the UK and USA.