Have your say on the safety of women and girls in public spaces

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To coincide with ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ on 25 November, the Council is launching a boroughwide engagement exercise, in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Board, to hear from women and girls on their experiences and ideas on how to keep the streets of Hackney safe. 

The feedback and pin-map will allow the Council to better understand the concerns, perceptions and experiences of women and girls and allow officers to identify public spaces in the borough where they may not feel very safe. 

The feedback will allow the Council to put mitigations in place over the next year to help women and girls feel safer in its public spaces. This could, for instance, include improved street lighting, or more CCTV cameras. 

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.  That is why we want to hear from residents on ways we can make the streets of Hackney safer for them.

I encourage all women and girls to take part in this survey - we want to know where the issues are, so we can either put mitigations in ourselves, such as better lighting - or use the data to lobby the police for extra patrols.
Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

To take part, visit: https://hackneywomenssafety.commonplace.is/ 

Find out more about hackney’s work to end violence against women and girls: www.hackney.gov.uk/VAWG 

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 are experiencing domestic abuse, call the Council on: 020 8356 4458 to access support, or visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/domestic-violence/#contact 

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. Call: 020 8356 4458 to access support.