Making Harrow safer for women and girls

Whether at home or out and about, Harrow should be a place where women and girls feel safe to live, work and visit.

  • Council commits to protecting women and girls 
  • Survey now open with map-based tool for residents to have their say on where they feel safe or unsafe

As part of a campaign to deter Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), and honour our commitment to bring awareness of Domestic Abuse to the forefront of people’s minds, the council has launched a survey calling on all women and girls to share information about where they may feel vulnerable or have experienced threatening behaviour. 

If you live, work, study or socialise in Harrow, you can have a say in what areas make you feel safe or unsafe – thanks to an online heat-map of the Borough. 
While mainly asking for the experience of women and girls), the survey welcomes the views of all genders.

You can access the survey online at Have Your Say Today - Harrow Safer Spaces - Commonplace

The Council has pledged to support the national VAWG movement and, as part of this commitment, is also bolstering its Domestic Abuse service – with Paul Osborn making a Leader’s decision to bring this back in house. It was decided at a meeting of the Council last week to invite applications to tender for the service for three years from April 2023.

Councillor Anjana Patel, responsible for Environment and Community Safety, said:

“No one should be made to feel unsafe on our streets at any time of the day. That’s why I want to hear from the community on what we can do to help make you feel safe. Maybe this means improvements to street lighting, more CCTV cameras, or better signage. 

“By collecting data on safety in public spaces from as many people as possible, we can create a constructive, community collaboration on improving spaces for women and girls – and everyone.

“We know that feeling safe can be influenced by many factors, including age, gender expression, race, ethnicity, visible religious affiliation, and expression of sexuality, as well as how dark it is and how many people are outside. We just need your help to better understand exactly what it’s like for people in our borough.

“I encourage as many people as possible to take part and have a role in helping to make Harrow’s streets safer.” 

The map-based tool, run with Commonplace, allows you to drop a pin on the specific location you’re referring to and answer a few questions relating to that location. 

Feedback will help officers better understand the concerns, perceptions and experiences of women and girls in Harrow and identify public spaces of concern, what improvements are needed and to communicate what will be done to alleviate these problems.

The information will also be relayed in discussions with the community and partners.   

Published: 6th October 2022