Woman in silhouette in dark street
Woman in silhouette in dark street

Feedback invited in consultation to strengthen safety in the borough

A consultation opens today to identify public places in Tonbridge and Malling where women and girls feel unsafe.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has teamed up with neighbouring West Kent authorities and the police for the project which will use public feedback to develop initiatives to strengthen community safety.

Violence against women and girls includes, but is not limited to, harassment, stalking, rape, sexual assault, murder, honour-based abuse and coercive control. While men and boys also suffer from many of these forms of abuse, they disproportionately affect women.

The online survey invites people to share their experiences of feeling unsafe in particular locations, such as outdoor public spaces, while commuting and socialising. It is being run in partnership with Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells borough councils and runs until Sunday 7 January 2024.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Des Keers, said: ‘The harm caused to victims and society by violence against women and girls in all its forms is immeasurable. This initiative will help us understand where the issues lie and help us tackle them so women and girls can feel safe in our community.’

Take part in the consultation.

Published: Monday, 27th November 2023