A new strategy, improved lighting and CCTV on Hackney streets to help end gender-based violence

To mark the end of this year’s annual 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls the Council has published a new strategy to tackle gender-based violence in Hackney.

The Council’s new Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy includes holding perpetrators of gender-based violence to account, supporting victims and survivors and building trust and confidence in the judicial system.

Additionally the Council is set to spend nearly £200,000 on upgraded street lighting across the borough to help ensure women and girls feel safer on Hackney’s streets, as well as improving and increasing CCTV coverage.

Alongside the strategy, during this year’s 16 Days of Activism the Council hosted events, workshops and public training about the signs of domestic abuse, how to get help and more. 

The Council is specifically calling on men and offering training on how to be an ally to women. To get involved please register interest: www.hackney.gov.uk/VAWG 

Women are much more likely than men to be victims of abuse, with men much more likely to be perpetrators of abuse and violence. In the UK 85 % of victims of killings by partners and ex-partners are female and 80% of perpetrators are male. 

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

All women and girls should be able to live without fear of abuse, harassment or intimidation. We want residents to pledge their support to ending gender-based violence in Hackney, coming together and standing in solidarity with women and girls during the 16 days of action and beyond that. Gender based violence can and must be prevented.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Are you experiencing abuse? 

In an emergency always call the police on 999, or report a non-emergency incident to the police on 101. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic abuse, call the Council on: 020 8356 4458 to access support, or visit: hackney.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-support for information on the Council’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Service and other agencies that can help. 

If the incident was on public transport you can contact the British Transport police by calling or texting 61016.

You can also report anti-social behaviour in parks and on the streets to the Council’s team by emailing asbteam@hackney.gov.uk  or calling 020 8356 3310.

Are you hurting someone? 

If you are hurting someone, and want help stopping abusive behaviour you can call Respect on: 0808 8024040 or visit: respectphoneline.org.uk  

The Council also operates a programme for those who perpetrate domestic abuse to help stop abusive behaviour. 020 8356 4458 to access support, or visit: hackney.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-support