How is the Safer Streets Fund being used to help tackle violence against women and girls in our area?
Since 2020 over £4.7M in investment by the Home Office has been secured for 11 Safer Streets Fund and Safety of Women at Night Fund Projects. This includes:
- Safer Streets Fund 3: Projects operating in Plymouth City Centre and Falmouth have delivered a range of bespoke local initiatives, backed by £600,000 in Home Office funding. These have included new CCTV and street lighting, innovative new help-points in Plymouth and bystander awareness training in the night-time economy.
- Safety of Women at Night Fund: Exeter University worked with partners across the city supported by £72,000 in Home Office funding. Its work included bespoke training and awareness projects with both night time economy workers and women and girls, plus development of a new Safety Charter.
- Safer Streets Fund 4: Five bids to the Home Office were successful across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, delivering over £3M in funding, focused on addressing VAWG and anti-social behaviour. Projects are now live in Torquay, Truro, Barnstaple, Exeter and Plymouth. Initiatives include increased CCTV and street lighting, a new VAWG rapid response police car in Torquay and development of new safety charters for venues in our night-time economies.