All women and girls should feel safe both in their homes and on our streets. Globally, an estimated 736 million women – almost one in three – have been subjected to violence at least once in their life. It is shaming that women and girls do not always feel safe on our streets – particularly at night.
In Lambeth, a new policy on Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls has been developed to try to protect and safeguard women. Information was gathered from community groups, survivors of attacks, support groups and voluntary organisations to find the best way to tackle the problem. Locally, we have been working with the Tulse Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Team and Lambeth Council’s outreach service to support women forced into sex work and to take action against the men that abuse them.
Lambeth is one of London’s core leads in the area of emergency support for women and girls who need a place of safety or support and has recently been awarded over £0.5m of Home Office funding as part of the Safer Streets Fund (one of only three grants awarded in London). The aim of the Fund is to improve public spaces so women and girls feel safer and we hope that this money will benefit the wider Brixton area. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact the Gaia Centre on 0207 733 8724 or via firstname.lastname@example.org .