#SaferStreetsMerseyside aims to address sexual offences and unwanted sexual behaviour across transport routes within Merseyside and Liverpool City Centre. It aims to provide reassurance to women and girls, and increase feelings and perceptions of public safety on public transport.
It is delivered by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP), RASA Merseyside, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), and Culture Liverpool, using money from the UK Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.
The campaign is also being supported by the region’s four other Local Authorities and a wide range of partners, including 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 Merseyside.
“We must make every woman and girl feel safer and be safer using our public transport network.
Police and Crime Commissioner
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"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."
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson: “This is an important project which will make a huge difference to the safety of women and girls in our city. “It is vital that we don’t just challenge behaviour but also seek to change it, which is why the education element of Safer Streets is equally important. “It is an integral part of my recently launched VAWG strategy, which committed to working with partners to tackle these issues and deliver a new normal of respect and safety for women.”
Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine, Merseyside Police said: “Merseyside Police and partners continue to work together to make our streets safer for women and girls. I welcome the expansion of the Safer Streets campaign to cover the whole of Merseyside and build on the work that was carried out last year in Liverpool, which addressed some priority issues to improve the safety of women and girls and looked to challenge unacceptable behaviours. “No woman or girl should feel unsafe in her community, and I hope that the measures put in place as part of the campaign help to improve their feelings of safety and demonstrate that there is no excuse for sexual violence and harassment in Merseyside.”
"All women and girls have the right to feel safe. It's everyone's responsibility to call out any form of sexual violence. Victims and survivors of sexual harassment are often told that they are being 'unreasonable’ or 'too sensitive', or that they ‘can’t take a joke’. But, sexual harassment is never funny and should not be happening. No-one ever deserves or asks for sexual harassment to happen. 100% of the blame lies with the perpetrator or perpetrators."
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Far too often, women in our society feel unsafe to do simple things that men so often take for granted. In 2023, I wish everyone could feel safe travelling on their own yet, sadly, we know this isn’t the case. “In the Liverpool City Region, we’re investing in better CCTV at bus stops and have secured the role of a second safety critical person on all our new £500m publicly owned trains, which are fitted with real time CCTV that is monitored by a dedicated incident room. We’re making great progress – but there’s still more work to be done. “This next phase of Safer Streets Merseyside will have a big part to play in engaging with the next generation and ensure that we’re starting conversations in the classroom that amplify the voices of young women and help to encourage long-term behaviour change, so that every person feels comfortable travelling on our public transport network.”
Jane English, Deputy Managing Director at Merseyrail, said: “The safety of our passengers is key at Merseyrail, which is why we are proud to be supporting the Safer Streets campaign to ensure that anyone travelling on our network feels safe at all times. “This project will help to raise awareness of what constitutes sexual violence and show that all partners across the region take a zero-tolerance approach to any instances of this kind.”