End violence against women and girls
We have a zero-tolerance approach to street-based or home-based violence and abuse.
We’ll listen to those affected by abuse, help keep people safe and help get justice for those that have been a victim.
As part of the UN’s worldwide campaign – 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence – we’re putting on events and sharing information to help end violence against women and girls in the borough.
Why this campaign important – the statistics
- in the UK, 1,425 women were killed by men in the 10 years to 2018, which is around one killing every 3 days
- in the year ending March 2020 an estimated that 4.9 million women had been victims of sexual assault in their lifetimes
- 7 out of 10 women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public
- 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse during their lifetime
- in Hackney around 20 per cent of all high-risk domestic abuse involves adult sons abusing their mothers
- in the past 10 years out of all killings, more than 9 in 10 killers were men
- in the past year out of the total number of rapes, 98.5% of the rapists were identified as men
What Hackney women have told us
“If all men had more respect for women, then our experience of harm would be greatly reduced.” – Hackney resident
“Women are not possessions; men are not entitled to the time, attention, or affections of any of them – we need to normalise respect on our streets.” – Hackney resident
Ways you can get involved
- share our tweets and Facebook posts on your own channels to amplify messaging
- if you’re a business or community group, download the posters to display in your establishment or order leaflets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- if you witness abusive behaviour intervene where safe to do so, or in an emergency call the police on 999
- register your interest in becoming a male ally to women and girls and receive training
- download the campaign materials to display in your palace or work or business
Survey on safer streets in Hackney
We want to hear from women and girls about their experiences and ideas on how to help keep the streets of Hackney safe.
The survey and pin-map will allow us to better understand the concerns, perceptions and experiences of women and girls and allow officers to identify public spaces in the borough where they may not feel very safe.
The feedback will allow us to put mitigations in place over the next year to help women and girls feel safer in its public spaces. This could, for instance, include improved street lighting, or more CCTV cameras.
Ending domestic abuse
If you are experiencing domestic abuse then call us on 020 8356 4458 to access support, or visit our domestic violence and sexual violence support page for more information.
If you’re hurting someone, and want help stopping abusive behaviour you can call Respect on 0808 8024040 or visit their choose to stop website.
The Council also operates a programme for those who perpetrate domestic abuse to help stop abusive behaviour, call us on 020 8356 4458 to access support.
Street-based harassment – what to do
In an emergency always call the police on 999, or report a non-emergency incident to the police on 101.
If the incident was on public transport you can contact the British Transport Police by calling or texting 61016.
You can also report anti-social behaviour in parks and on the streets to the Council by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 8356 3310.