The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Violence Reduction Alliance (VRA) has today launched its new local Violence Reduction Strategy which sets out how partners will work together to help prevent and reduce …
The VRA has developed free Vulnerability training for anybody working in the night-time economy.
The VRA takes the safety and harassment of women and girls in public spaces seriously, particularly at night. We want to reinforce the message that women and girls have the right to feel safe and to help those who work in the night-time economy to identify when women and girls, or anybody who may find themselves vulnerable, require support.
The training modules also educate night-time economy workers on how to respond if a vulnerable person requires support or an incident arises.
The free training, delivered by Re-Solv, is part of a range of wider initiatives to help tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) including: Safer Places for Women and Girls Charter and Toolkit, Safer Streets projects and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) Comic Books.
What does the training include?
The training includes five modules that explore:
- Module 1 – Understanding Vulnerability
- Module 2 – Understanding Harassment
- Module 3 – Intervening and Responding
- Module 4 – Creating Safer Environments
- Module 5 – Useful Sources of Support and Information
Signs someone may be vulnerable
- Isolated alone (particularly at night)
- Being in an unfamiliar environment
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Victim of spiking
- Under the influence of alcohol
- State of mind
- Presence of an offender or someone who may take advantage
We have also created a shorter 30-minute introductory film covering:
- Vulnerability and harassment
- How to manage an emerging incident
- How to create safer environments
- The role everyone can play to improve the safety of women and girls and other vulnerable people – especially at night
If you work in the night-time economy and would like access to the training modules please email us.
Have you been a victim or witness of harassment?
Have you been a victim of harassment or would like more information about how to safety intervene? We've listed the information below to help you.
How do I report harassment?
Staffordshire Police – If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of stalking or harassment there are a few different ways you can report it to the police.
StreetSafe – to anonymously report public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused.
British Transport Police – The free Railway Guardian app helps you report crime to British Transport Police and provides information on what to do if you see sexual harassment on trains or at stations.
Staffordshire Women’s Aid
The Survivors Trust (Rape and Sexual Violence Services)
Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
New Era – the new holistic Domestic Abuse (DA) service operating across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
End Violence Against Women (for specialist women’s support services)
Suzy Lamplugh Trust (Campaigning, education and support focusing on stalking)
Help and Support available to you
Visit our Support page for further information and advice on where to go for support.
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