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Street Safe database to help West Norfolk women feel more protected

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is often a phrase heard if a woman is attacked late at night if she is walking home.

The blame on the victim is misplaced when many women may have to walk from a bus or train station late at night returning from work.

Whatever the reason might be, as seen in the case of Sarah Everard who was walking home, in the dark and 9pm before she was abducted and murdered, it is the perpetrator at fault.

King's Lynn Police Station. Picture: Ian Burt. (43945808)
King's Lynn Police Station. Picture: Ian Burt. (43945808)

Positive change is happening in relation to making areas safer for girls and women who have every right to walk freely and without fear, whatever the time of day.

The Lynn-based Pandora Project's September campaign Paint it Purple highlights awareness about violence against women and their poll suggests that still a lot of women do not feel safe.

A database has been introduced to specifically tackle safety issues for women and girls.

A Police patrol car on London Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt. (43945815)
A Police patrol car on London Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt. (43945815)

Det Supt Andy Coller, head of safeguarding, said: “In Norfolk, we are committed to putting victims at the heart of what we do and improving services.

"Tackling violence against women and girls is a priority area for the force and we are already working on improved training for officers around areas such as high-quality investigations, addressing perpetrator behaviour and education on new offences such as coercive control.

“We also continue to work alongside our partner agencies to understand areas in the county where people may not feel safe.

"A recent example of this is the pilot launch of the StreetSafe online database. This was created by the Home Office and the Police Digital Service (Police.uk) and enables women and girls to anonymously report areas they feel are unsafe and why.

“This information will be used by policing in partnership with other stakeholders to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities, especially for women and girls.”

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