#ReflectandRespect is an awareness-raising campaign for students at the University of Chester and Reaseheath College focusing on the prevention of sexual violence. It focusses on identifying harmful behaviours and encouraging cultural change, with an aim to increase the feelings of safety amongst students, particularly women and girls.
Funded by the UK Home Office as part of its Safer Streets project, this initiative is delivered in partnership with Cheshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire, University of Chester, Reaseheath College, RASASC Cheshire and Merseyside, and other VAWG organisations.
I want to reassure women and girls in Cheshire that their safety is taken extremely seriously by the police and partners. Violence against them is not their fault. Total responsibility lies with the people who commit these crimes and this project will be key in helping to change attitudes and behaviours.
Police and Crime Commissioner
Following the aims set out, the #ReflectandRespect has delivered a number of work streams:
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“I am very proud that the University of Chester is actively furthering our commitment to student safety through the Safer Streets project. The combination of improved education and awareness; the roll out of the Safer Taxi scheme and Safe Spaces, and the introduction of Sexual Violence Liaison Officers across our sites will put us at the forefront of safeguarding our community. We want everyone who works, visits and studies at the University of Chester to know that we take their safety extremely seriously and that we are here to offer support and guidance to anyone should they need it. To receive this funding and deliver this project is an incredible achievement by all involved and I want to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment.” Dr Helen Galbraith, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Chester,
"Working closely with the University of Chester, Reaseheath College and University Centre Reaseheath and partners has ensured a multi-faceted approach to making students feel safer and actually being safer. Significant work has gone into not only addressing physical safety aspects of campuses but also into education for students around acceptable behaviours. We are grateful for the support of community organisations in taking part in our Safer Taxi scheme and Safe Spaces, which will really benefit the student and staff communities who use the campuses."
“The safer streets project has brought together a range of experts who have designed and deployed a range of effective measures which will further enhance safety and security for all users of our campus. The investment in preventative approaches to tackle the increasing and ever complex challenges our young people face has been most welcome. Our staff have benefited from specialist training which will ensure that they are able to offer the best support for future victims of harassment and sexual violence, whilst the striking respect campaign will bring these sensitive issues to the forefront and enable us to work with the student community to challenge perceptions and unwanted behaviours.”
“Tackling violence against women and girls is one of my priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, and the Constabulary has been working hard across the county to ensure we crack down on this kind of crime so that people feel safe on the streets," John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.
Jill Broomhall, chair of the Safer Cheshire East Partnership and director of adult social care at Cheshire East Council said: “We are proud to support this campaign as we believe that violence, abuse, and intimidation against women and girls, in any form, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We want every public space and education establishment to be a safe place for all women and girls. “We recognise the need to work with a wide range of partners to support women and girls who do not feel safe. The Safer Cheshire East Partnership is responsible for community safety across the borough and is focussed on protecting those most at risk through a dedicated action plan to ensure areas of concern are addressed.”