Wigan Council to receive more than £273,000 to tackle violence against women

Wigan Council to receive more than £273,000 to tackle violence against women

Wigan Council has secured more than £273,000 from the Home Office to help reduce violence against women and girls.

The money has been awarded following a successful bid to the Safer Streets Fund and will support a wide range of interventions.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, portfolio holder for police, crime and civil contingencies, said: “Given the recent tragic events relating to the safety of women and girls, it is more important than ever that we do everything in our power to protect them from violence and keep them safe. It is brilliant news that we will receive £273,969 from the Home Office. This funding will help us to bring about real change that will make women and girls feel safer on the streets of our borough.

“The work will be led by our Place and Community Safety Partnership and the funding will go towards local projects aimed at increasing safety in public spaces for everyone, but with a particular focus on tackling violence against women and girls.

“We want to ensure that Wigan Borough is a safe place to live and work for us all.”

A significant part of the bid centres around empowering women and changing the attitudes of men and boys. This will include working with partners in schools and colleges across the borough, as well as the council’s Domestic Abuse Service provider, Targeted Youth Support Service and WigLe group to create conversations and address embedded attitudes about the treatment of women in public.

There will also be work with licensed premises to train staff and raise awareness with the public of the refreshed Ask for Angela campaign.

Furthermore, the council will explore the possible introduction of highly visible safety marshals who will look to deter potential predatory behaviour in the Town Centres at night.

Coun Anderson added: “Our previous bid for funding from the Safer Streets Fund was a huge success in tackling anti-social behaviour in West Leigh. This time around we are taking a more focused approach on one particular group who have been impacted across the borough.

“I am confident that our plans for this latest round of funding will be every bit as successful in creating a safer and more secure environment for residents.”

The council’s previous success in bidding for £500,000 from the Safer Street Fund went towards improving community safety and tackling anti-social behaviour in Leigh. It included the installation of 70 state-of-the-art solar powered LED street lights, an increase in the number of CCTV cameras on the streets and encouraged waste amnesty days and crackdowns on fly tipping to improve the environment.

Posted on Friday 12th November 2021

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