Safe Derby Campaign Aims To Prevent and Tackle Gender-Based Violence
Safe Derby is a campaign that will aim to make Derby a city free from gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation in public places.
The campaign aims to build reassurance that Derby is a safe place to visit and challenges certain areas and perceptions.
Derby City Council and Safe and Sound have joined together supported by other partner organisations in this initiative to help make the streets and public areas of Derby free from gender-based violence, harassment, and abuse specifically for young girls and women.
Several areas have been identified and those public spaces will be looked at for additional or upgraded CCTV, improved lighting, and enhanced public realm.
The campaign signals Derby’s zero tolerance to and a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.
A series of workshops, training, events and new initiatives have been organised to help raise awareness based around three key objectives: Prevention – Awareness – Action.
12 Days of Activism
We are proud that organisations across Derby are backing the national 16 Days of Activism campaign – tackling violence against women and girls – which has particularly poignancy during the World Cup. As a lead partner in the Safe Derby campaign, Safe and Sound will be actively supporting this campaign as part of our broader work to protect and support young people from child exploitation across the county.
SAFE PLACES DERBY
A network of shops, bars, offices and public buildings in the city centre which are designated as ‘Safe Places’ for women and girls to seek help and support if they are concerned about their safety has been announced. In partnership with Derby City Council, we have organised a network of venues that will display a sticker highlighting that they are a safe place for women and girls to ask for help if they feel unsafe.
Venues so far confirmed include :
- Derby Theatre
- Derby Museums;
- HSBC Bank in St Peter’s Street
- Staywell Café in St Mary’s Gate
- Nadia Jane Performing Arts School, Green Lane
- Palace bar on Green Lane
- Sacred Bean Café, The Morledge;
- Community Action Derby, Shot Tower
- Padley charity shops in East Street
Staff within the venues will ensure the individual can contact someone if they wish to get home safely or just give them time to collect their thoughts. If the matter is more serious or a crime has been committed, they will be encouraged to contact the police.
We support the White Ribbon campaign, alongside many others who raise awareness, encourage men to become positive role models.
White Ribbon UK is the leading charity engaging with men and boys to end violence against women. White Ribbon Day is 25th November when thousands of people take action and raise awareness to prevent violence before it starts.
A number of organisations are supporting the Safe Derby programme across the city in schools and communities.