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Sandwell awarded £119k to help tackle violence against women and girls

Published 5th November 2021

As part of its Safer 6 campaign, Sandwell Council announces its successful application for £119,000 from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund to help tackle violence against women and girls

The main aims of the Safer Streets funding are to reduce Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and increase women and girls’ feelings of safety in public spaces, build evidence of what can reduce the number of VAWG crimes by improving data and make public spaces safer for all.

Sandwell’s successful bid focusses on behaviour change, raising awareness and challenging sexualised behaviours and culture. Specific actions that form of part of this programme include delivering a theatre production to raise awareness and challenge sexualised behaviours and culture, creating a boys group sessions tackling issues such as misogyny. The team will also deliver one to one mentoring sessions with individual young people and targeted work with girls and young women in the town centre around safety in the evenings and at weekends.

Sandwell will also be working with the wider community to create a safe spaces scheme within West Bromwich town centre by   encouraging shops, businesses and Voluntary sector organisations to become part of the scheme to provide a safe refuge, where people can wait until help arrives. 

Sandwell Council’s deputy leader, Councillor Maria Crompton said:

“Combatting violence against women and girls is an absolute priority, and we know that the creation of safe spaces can help this, but there is still much more for us to do”.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Bob Piper added:

“We need to tackle this issue at its root by educating all our young people, both boys and girls, to say that violence should not and will not be tolerated and that everyone has the right to go about their ordinary lives not just being safe but feeling safe.”

Sara Ward, CEO of Black Country Women’s Aid said:

“Our streets need to be and feel safe for women and girls. Recent devastating events have indicated there is much work to do to instil trust and confidence for women and our communities. This initiative is the start of a long journey, however there is commitment to educate and  protect young people and challenge those that abuse. We must always stand together to combat violence and abuse.”

Sandwell Councillor and West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Councillor Wasim Ali said:

“Sandwell Council are taking a pro-active approach to tackling violence against women and girls.

“I welcome the initiatives they are taking to improve safety. West Midlands Police will support this work with targeted patrols, and we will also be launching a campaign designed change attitudes amongst men and boys.”

For advice and support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/domesticabuse for a wide range of helpful information and contact details.

You can also download the Safer Streets Round 3 - End of Project Report