This last week, with the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the events that have followed, has been really emotive and challenging, especially for victims and survivors who may have been triggered by what has happened. Safer Places is resolute, women should be safe to live their lives without fear of violence and abuse and it is not for women to change their behaviours - that responsibility must sit firmly with those perpetrating violence and abuse.  

We exist to drive down the incidence and impact of domestic and sexual violence and abuse and to support those who use our services in their journey to recovery, resilience and independence. If you need help and support we are here for you: 

Phone: 03301 025 812 

Email: [email protected] 

If you feel as though you want to do something but not sure what then here are a few suggestions:  

  • Respond to the UK Government’s Call for Evidence on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). The consultation recently reopened to collect further views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crime considered as violence against women and girls. They a particularly keen to hear from people who may feel underrepresented in previous strategies or who feel their circumstances were not supported by existing services. The views collected will help inform the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. The consultation closes at 23:45 on 26 March 2021, to have your say click here
  • Practice self-care, take breaks from the news and social media and look to trusted sources to stay informed and reach out for support if you need it. For information on services that support health and wellbeing please click here
     
  • Men - actively be an ally of women, for example by challenging sexist stereotypes, misogynist comments, or talking to a friend whose behaviour towards women seems to be harmful. If you see abusive behaviour, you could challenge the person perpetrating the abuse if it is safe to do so, try to distract them, check in with the victim/survivor – do they need help and support? Seek advice and guidance from professionals. If someone is at immediate risk of harm – call 999.  

     
  • Visit White Ribbon campaign, an organisation engaging with men and boys on ending violence against women https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/ 

  • If you are concerned about your harmful behaviour or the behaviour of a friend or family member you can access support from Respect, who operate a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them. Call: 0808 8024040 or visit https://respectphoneline.org.uk/