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Safer Streets eye

#SaferStreetsLiverpool aims to address sexual offences and unwanted sexual behaviour across transport routes within Liverpool City Centre. It aims to provide reassurance to women and girls, and increase feelings and perceptions of public safety on public transport.

Funded by the UK Home Office as part of their Safer Streets project, this local initiative is delivered in partnership with Merseyside Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside, Liverpool City Council, RASA Merseyside, Merseytravel, local businesses and schools.

Every woman and girl I speak to has a story to tell about a bad experience they’ve had when using public transport. Whether it’s men sitting too close, unwanted sexual touching, or sexualised comments.

“Too many women don’t feel safe going to work or meeting friends on a night out. That’s why we’ve launched Safer Streets Liverpool.

“We must make every woman and girl feel safer and be safer using our public transport network.

Emily Spurrell
Police and Crime Commissioner
for Merseyside

54%
of women felt unsafe using public transport in Merseyside at night
42%
of women had concerns about using public transport in Merseyside during the day
80.37%
of women said that poor or no street lighting contributed to feeling unsafe
58.51%
of women said that no or limited CCTV contributed to feeling unsafe

Action

The ideas and suggestions gained from the consultation helped inform our £269,930 bid and we created the following actions:

  • Bystander training for bus drivers and other transport staff to help them understand sexual harassment and violence, how bystanders can intervene, and how they can
    respond to disclosures effectively.
  • Training sessions for primary teachers exploring misogyny, sexual harassment and peer on peer abuse through primary PSHE (School Improvement Liverpool).
  • KS2 resource – ‘Send me a selfie’ is a new Ariel Trust programme that looks at the issues arising from the sharing of online images. The animation and supporting lessons allow pupils to focus on the pressure they might feel to share images and the consequences if they do.
  • Increasing the number and quality of CCTV coverage, making them highly visible by painting camera brackets bright yellow, with yellow bands around the columns, to draw attention to them.
  • An intensive communications campaign challenging the behaviour of perpetrators of sexual harassment and violence starting on 7 March 2022 for six weeks.
  • A new text message service for reporting incidents of unwanted sexual behaviour whilst travelling on the bus network.
  • Community Engagement events / Partnership Days arranged by Merseyside Police.
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Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

"Every woman and girl I speak to has a story to tell about a bad experience they’ve had when using public transport. Whether it’s men sitting too close, unwanted sexual touching, or sexualised comments. "Too many women don’t feel safe going to work or meeting friends on a night out. That’s why we’ve launched Safer Streets Liverpool. "We must make every woman and girl feel safer and be safer using our public transport network."