Violence against Women and Girls
Safety for women and girls
The council will be carrying out a year long programme of work to address the safety of women and girls in the borough. The safety of all women and girls has always been a high priority for us and that’s why we are committed to safeguarding and preventing harm. As more services re-open for face to face support, we want to better understand the extent of threatening or intimidating experiences of women and girls in public spaces, views on accessibility to support and ways in which safety can be improved.
Our year long plan will include three phases:
- Community Engagement via a borough wide survey - to enable the voice of residents in Kingston to be heard in regards to women and girls safety in public spaces. This survey will go live in Mid-May and will be open for 6 weeks. The survey will be modified to be used by specialist services as well as professionals across the borough.
- Collaborative comms work with partners; With Police and specialist agencies to raise awareness of support services and increase accessibility.
- Language Guidance Document for Violence Against Women and Girls - practical tool for professionals to ensure that we are not using language that implies that women and girls are complicit or responsible for the crimes they may be victim to.
- Research and identification of appropriate independent and specialist consultants/organisations to assist with community engagement events.
- Analysis of survey response - to identify key themes, trends, locations and gaps
- Multi-Agency working group - to be established with the wider partnership to review the themes of the survey and look at increased engagement with women and girls in the borough
- Focus Groups - in collaboration with our specialist services to ensure the voice of victim survivors is heard in relation to their experiences within the borough
- Community led projects/champions - Facilitation of community engagement events including opportunities for community members/champions to be trained.
- VAWG Strategy - development of a Kingston specific VAWG strategy.
- Re-commissioning of services - review existing specialist services and how we can improve support and accessibility.
- Environmental Changes - review of practical and on the ground changes such as street lighting, CCTV etc.
- VAWG Community Forums - working with the local community and community leads/champions to establish VAWG community forums.
- Preventative work and Education - on going preventative work with men and boys in the borough as well as increased awareness raising in school and youth settings.