Police work with Love Island star on campaign to keep women safe – Photo 1 of 2

Thames Valley Police are working with women’s safety campaigner and Love Island star Sharon Gaffka as part of their ongoing work to keep women and girls safe in the Thames Valley.

The force’s partnership with the social media content creator comes as it seeks to raise awareness of the work police are doing to address violence against women and girls and improve engagement with a younger audience.

Over the next few months, the police plan to create behind-the-scenes content to give people insight into how the force responds to certain types of crime, including sexual assault and rape, and to raise awareness of how to make a report.

Sharon, who lives in the Thames Valley, campaigns for women’s safety and has a huge following on social media, made up “particularly of young women and girls who are less likely to engage with the police”.

She is also known for appearing on the seventh series of the ITV2 show Love Island.

Chief Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint, Tactical Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls, said, “Working with Sharon provides us with a great opportunity to improve how we reach our young communities and improve the trust that has been damaged in relation to violence against women. and the girls.

“Sharon’s relentless campaigning around heavy drinking, women’s rights and the recent launch of her female empowerment podcast ‘Girls Know Nothing’ makes her a trusted ambassador to help us achieve this. objective.

“We are determined to do our best for the girls and women in our communities to create change and improve the support we provide to you.”

Sharon Gaffka said: “Being asked to be part of the End Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) campaign with Thames Valley Police has been an honour. Ensuring women and girls feel safe in the region and across the UK is a major concern and anything I can do to underscore that, I will.

“I have worked with teams on the ground and now have incredible insight into what is happening behind the scenes and I believe sharing this will only raise awareness and increase knowledge of how we can all support the VFFF while firmly knowing our rights.”

Mara R. Wilmoth