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Safer Places for Women and Girls

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Safer Places for Women and Girls

The Violence Reduction Alliance (VRA) believes harassment and violence in any form is unacceptable and is committed to creating safer public spaces for all, particularly women and girls, and others who might find themselves vulnerable.

A recent local survey highlighted that 67% of female respondents had experienced harassment, intimidation, or violence in a public place, 92% feared walking down subways or alleyways, followed by 90% feared walking in poorly lit areas in the night-time economy. 

In response to this survey, the VRA has developed a Safer Places for Women and Girls Charter and is inviting all businesses and organisations operating in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to sign the Charter and work together to reduce violence against women and girls in public spaces and to improve feelings of safety in the day and at night, including the night-time economy. 

The Charter is a voluntary pledge for organisations to show they acknowledge the issue and that they’re ready to get proactive in improving women and girl’s safety and experience. 

To assist Charter signatories in meeting the six commitments of the Charter, we have also developed a Charter Toolkit which signposts organisations to best practice information, and other useful resources. When businesses and organisations sign up to the Charter they will receive a window decal and social media assets to show they are a signatory. 

Whatever your organisation, there will be something you can do to better support women and girl’s safety. 

Resources

If you are a business or organisation operating in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and you are ready to take proactive steps to help make your area a safer place for women and girls, please register via the Charter Toolkit below.

Free Training

On behalf of the Violence Reduction Alliance, Re-Solv is delivering free training for anyone working in the night-time economy. The training may be useful for people working in licenced premises, transport and to voluntary organisations who act as Taxi Marshals and Street Pastors.

Background

The Violence Reduction Alliance takes the safety and harassment of women and girls in public spaces seriously, particularly at night. It wants to reinforce the messages that Women and Girls have the right to feel safe – and to help local businesses and people support this work. The free training, delivered by Re-Solv, is part of a range of wider initiatives including ‘Safer Places for Women and Girls Charter’ and online toolkit, ‘Safer Streets’ projects and prevention work in schools.

What does the training offer?
  • Explores what vulnerability looks like – and how to identify it
  • Explores what harassment and public space harassment looks like – and how to identify it
  • Provides more information about local initiatives that can help improve the safety of women and girls

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

Click here to watch the short introductory film.

Book your training

To book training sessions directly, email:

Dan Gibbons or;
Violence Reduction Alliance

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.

What is harrasment?

If someone’s repeatedly behaving in a way towards you that’s making you feel scared, distressed or threatened, then you may be a victim of stalking or harassment. Find out more on the relevant links.

Staffordshire Police
Enough Campaign

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.

Further Information

Staffordshire Women’s Aid
www.staffordshirewomensaid.org

The Survivors Trust (Rape and Sexual Violence Services)
www.thesurvivorstrust.org

Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk

Staffordshire Police
www.staffordshire.police.uk

New Era – the new holistic Domestic Abuse (DA) service operating across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
www.new-era.uk

End Violence Against Women (for specialist women’s support services)
www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

Suzy Lamplugh Trust (Campaigning, education and support focusing on stalking)
www.suzylamplugh.org

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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