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Safer streets

Making our streets safer for women, girls and all vulnerable people.

About Safer Streets

Research shows that over 80% of young women have been sexually harassed or physically threatened in public places and that more than half of all women will be subject to domestic abuse or sexual violence in their lifetimes.

Given these startling statistics and following the horrendous murder of Sarah Everard, the government pledged to fund initiatives aimed at making our streets safer for women, girls and all vulnerable people.

In York and North Yorkshire, the Safer Streets scheme has been developed to do exactly this. Working with local businesses, Safer Streets will help communities identify and support those at risk from harassment and assault.

How does it work?

Businesses taking part in Safer Streets are committed to making sure their customers feel safe. They may be able to help you by;

  • Calling you a taxi
  • Allowing you to use their telephone
  • Providing you with a safe space
  • Waiting with you until help arrives

Help in your area

Call 999 in an emergency, or 101 for non-emergency calls, advice, to report an incident or a concern. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Helpline: 0800 555111 Website: 100% Confidential reporting service – Information given is researched, then passed on to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Helpline: 03000 110 110 (8am-8pm) Website: (webchat, 3pm-6pm) Support and refuge for victims of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (Free, 24 hours a day)

How can my business support Safer Streets?

We can all play a part in making our streets safer and local businesses are no different. We will train you and provide you with materials that will help you:
  • Become a good bystander – knowing when to intervene and help when you witness harassment or abuse.
  • Provide a place of safety to someone in need.
  • Know how to refer someone to specialist agencies for support.
  • Understand how you can support your own staff if they have been subject to domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Pledge your support today and get more information by emailing: or sign up for a free training session (In person and online sessions available).

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