End violence against women and girls

This page introduces our campaign work to end violence against women and girls.


Hackney Council has 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 put on annual events in November and December and share information to help end violence against women and girls in the borough.

Why ending violence against women and girls is important – the statistics

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 press@hackney.gov.uk
  • 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

Ending domestic abuse

We campaign and work with partner agencies across Hackney to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, think you might be hurting someone, visit our domestic abuse support page for more information.

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 asbteam@hackney.gov.uk or calling 020 8356 3310.

Posters – hackney violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) Strategy 2019-2022

Page updated on: 9 June 2022