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We are committed to tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) and making our county the safest place to live, work and visit.
Detective Superintendent Suzanne Davies is the force lead for VAWG and is committed to working with colleagues, partners and survivors with lived experience to deliver a lasting and real change to the daily lives of women and girls. Her work is supported by three tactical leads and monitored through the VAWG delivery group.
Our priorities are to:
The national framework for delivery focusses on three pillars.
Women and girls have greater confidence in the police response to violence against women and girls, and in our culture and conduct.
Significantly improved investigations into violence against women and girls and more perpetrators facing justice.
A change in how safe women feel in public places – as a result of action policing takes, but also through working with partners and Government.
The term ‘violence against women and girls’ refers to acts of violence or abuse that we know disproportionately affect women and girls.
The most recent statistics show that one in five women are victims of sexual assault (or attempted assault) in their lifetime (5% of victims are men), over 27% of women had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 (14% of men), and 20% of women aged 16-74 had experienced stalking since the age of 16 (10% of men).
These figures, along with recent tragic cases of female homicide including the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer, have had a devastating impact on trust and confidence and set us a huge challenge, along with all of our partners, to rebuild that trust, pursue perpetrators, bring them to justice and make our streets safer. We know our officers and staff work tirelessly to achieve this, but still, there is more to be done as a Force to make this happen.
While we use the term ‘violence against women and girls’, this refers to all victims of any of these offences. VAWG includes crimes such as rape and other sexual offences, domestic abuse, stalking, ‘honour’-based abuse (including female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and ‘honour’ killings), as well as offences committed online. If you have been affected, you will find information and support by following the links above to our relevant sections.
We must make sure that within our force, there is no place for those who abuse their position. We are committed to rooting out and challenging sexist and misogynistic behaviours and have highlighted the issue though our internal #SpeakOutNow campaign which promotes being an upstander and not a bystander and challenging or reporting inappropriate behaviour.
Any misconduct hearings will be held in public, unless the Chair of the panel does not allow it, and the findings reported in the media.
It’s our priority to create an environment where women and girls can feel safe and be safe within Lincolnshire, free of fear and harassment. To do this, we need to listen to the voices of those with lived experience to shape our response.
VAWG Voices is an independent group that creates a safe space for women to speak openly, have challenging, constructive and reflective conversations, with an aim of influencing how we design and deliver our service to the public and become more inclusive as an employer.
The VAWG Voices group will focus on the three key priorities of increasing trust and confidence in policing; pursuit of perpetrators; and creating safe spaces (in private, public, online and in schools).
Find out more about VAWG Voices.
We would like to give survivors of VAWG offences a platform to speak out and to have their voices heard, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage others to come forward.
If you would like to share your experience with us, please email [email protected]
All of these stories will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and will be anonymised.
We will be promoting the experiences shared with us on social media, using the hashtag #VAWGVoices
Streetsafe is a national initiative intended to provide insight into where you have felt unsafe in Lincolnshire public spaces, and behaviours that have made you feel vulnerable.
In one area of the county, we received five reports on different dates reporting lack of lighting near a specific building. Our Neighbourhood Policing Team shared this data with the owners of that premises who committed to improving the lighting in this area and we have received no further StreetSafe reports. Without StreetSafe reporting, the owners did not realise the impact on their visitors so we would encourage you to use StreetSafe if you have similar concerns.
Is there a public place in Lincolnshire where you have felt unsafe?
You can tell us about it using StreetSafe
Whether it's being followed, being harassed, being verbally abused
Or to do with lighting, abandoned buildings or drug use
It’s quick to use and anonymous
You just drop a pin in the map and tell us about the issue there
The information you share will help us to work with partners to improve safety
Go to lincs.police.uk and search “StreetSafe”
We are supporting the Government ‘Enough’ campaign and promoting the messages on social media around coercive control, cyberflashing, revenge porn, street harassment, workplace harassment and unwanted touching.
Hollie Guard is a free personal safety app for your phone. If you ever feel threatened, you can send out an alert via the app, letting your nominated contacts know your location.
Hollie Guard is a free app designed to transform your phone into a personal safety device.
Whether you're working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town, having Hollie Guard on your phone can help to keep you safe.
To activate Hollie Guard, simply open the app on your phone, and it will use GPS to track where you are.
If you begin to feel unsafe or as though you're in trouble, shaking your phone will send an automatic alert to your emergency contacts. At the same time, it will begin to record audio and video, which can later be used as evidence.
A second shake of the phone will sound an alarm and flashing lighting to deter any attacker.
There's also a stealth mode, allowing you to raise an alert silently whilst displaying a default home screen, giving the impression that no alarm has been triggered.
Hollie Guard is available in many different languages and is made to work all around the world.
Make Hollie your guardian angel.
Text on screen: Nearly three quarters of the UK population will experience at least one form of sexual harassment in their lifetime.
Two-in-five people have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment in the last 12 months.
The most common behaviours reported are unwelcome sexual jokes, staring or looks, and sexual comments.
Yet only a third of the sexual harassments experienced in the last 12 months were reported.
Dialogue: That's why it is so important that we are all aware of what sexual harassment is and how to report it.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted conduct of the sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity or creating an intimidating hostile degrading humiliating or offensive environment for the victim.
These behaviors have lasting effects with many preparing themselves for harassment before leaving the house or even now coming to expect they may be a victim of these behaviors on evenings out.
There is a story to tell every weekend.
It can happen anywhere; in a workplace, on campus, in a social space, at home and can be a one-off or repeated behavior.
For example, making sexual comments, jokes or gestures about someone's body clothing or appearance, spreading sexual rumors, staring or leering at someone's body, following or stalking someone, calling someone sexual names like whore or slut without their consent, sending unwanted text messages or emails of a sexual nature, asking questions about somebody's sex life telling sexually offensive jokes, making sexual comments or jokes about someone's sexual orientation or gender reassignment, touching someone against their will for example hugging or groping them, sexual assault or rape.
No matter how severe you think this harassment may be, if it made you feel threatened it can be reported.
This can be either directly to the venue you're in, to the police or even anonymously to Crime Stoppers.
You can also make anonymous reports via the StreetSafe service, which allows anyone to anonymously report places where they feel or have felt unsafe due to environmental issues such as street lighting or behaviors such as being followed.
Sexual harassment is never okay. It's not a compliment and it's not just a joke.
Don't be a bystander; call this behavior out. Increase your awareness. We can all be active bystanders that raise our voices against sexual harassment.