Police Commissioner seeks views of women and girls about personal safety

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today launched a survey to find out about how we can make the streets of Merseyside feel safer for women and girls.

The public consultation has been announced by Emily Spurrell, to better understand the concerns of women across the region. In our parks, on public transport, walking home from a night out in the city centre – the survey aims to gain a greater understanding of how safe women and girls feel when going about their daily lives across Merseyside, day and at night.

It asks if they have experienced sexual harassment and abuse, what makes them feel unsafe and what can be done to make them feel safer.

The lived experiences collected through the survey will be used to inform the activities and projects the Police Commissioner runs, including how she bids for cash from a number of Home Office funds, including Safer Streets 3 and a new pot focused on improving women’s safety in the night time economy. The findings will help to ensure the funding is targeted in the most effective way.

The Safer Streets Merseyside survey is live now and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 9 July 2021.

Access the survey here.

The office of PCC recognises that this survey might trigger emotional discomfort and understands that thinking about these topics can be difficult. If you feel you would benefit from support following this survey, a full list of all specialist services in Merseyside can be found at Victim Care Merseyside.

What’s next?

This consultation is the first stage in the police commissioner’s campaign to work with all community safety and criminal justice partners to eradicate violence against women and girls.

The findings will be used to inform the police commissioner’s bid into the Safer Streets 3 bid, which has to be submitted by 15 July 2021, and additional funds offering money to make public places safer. They will also be shared with community safety and criminal justice partners to inform work they are doing to make our region’s streets safer.

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