Safer Streets Fund – New funding to tackle violence against women and girls

Tackling violence against women and girls, the Safer Streets Fund will give funding to communities across the UK. £50 million has been added to the funds that will go to police forces, local authorities, British Transport Police and eligible community groups across England and Wales to prevent violence against women and girls in public, neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour. These projects will be able to roll out extra CCTV and streetlighting and expand work to change attitudes and behaviours and prevent these crimes happening in the first place.

This new funding takes total government has invested to £120 million, one year after the VAWG strategy was published. Since publishing the strategy, the government has delivered a number of key commitments to help ensure that women and girls are safe everywhere – at home, online, at work and in public spaces.

The fund will deal with:

  • Street harrassment of women and girls
  • Prevent domestic abuse and talking
  • Support victims of intimate image abuse
  • Ratification of the Istanbul Convention
  • Transforming rape investigations
  • Behaviour change to educate about consent in relationships and how to spot abuse

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