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Women in Redbridge: how safe do you feel?

How safe do you feel in the streets, at home, or online in the borough? (Credit: Redbridge Council) 

Women in Redbridge are being urged to let the council know how safe they feel.

A new survey aimed at tackling violence against women and girls was launched yesterday and will run for 12 weeks.

The results will be used to shape how the council implements the London-wide Women’s Night Safety Charter.

The charter says signatories must fulfil seven pledges, including nominating a champion “who actively promotes women’s safety” and training staff “to ensure that all women who report are believed”.

Nearly 400 venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses have signed up to the charter since its launch in 2018.

Redbridge council signed the initiative last Thursday, 18 March, in the wake of the death of Sarah Everard.

The survey will ask Redbridge women how safe they feel “at home, online or on our streets”.

It asks residents if they have been the victim of abuse and if they have found it difficult to access support.

The two questions which open it are “please tell us about your experience of being a woman in Redbridge” and “what would make you feel safer?”

Question one (Credit: Redbridge Council)

The poll will run alongside five virtual events in the borough, with the first set to launch next month.

Jenny Ellis, CEO of Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service, said: “CVS is pleased to be partnering with the council to co-host the first of these important conversations.

“Working with our members, the online event in April will ensure that the voices of local women are heard, and crucially, that women are involved in shaping plans to make our borough a safer place for women and girls.”

The council say findings from both the survey and the online events will also feed into an “action plan” to tackle “the crime issues that most concern” residents.

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