Police boss announces strategy to improve the safety of women and girls across Thames Valley

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    Matthew Barber has announced a force wide strategy aimed at improving the lives of women and girls.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner of Thames Valley Police has announced a new strategy to make streets safer for women and girls across the Thames Valley area.

    He says Violence against women has been bought into sharp focus by recent tragic and high profiles cases within the force.

    Announcing the strategy, Matthew said: “Today’s strategy launch highlights the positive work my office is leading on across the Thames Valley in improving the lives of women and girls.

    “The risks to both women and girls in our communities can take many different forms, from domestic abuse to public place harassment, stalking to sexual violence. Therefore, it is important that a variety of responses are in place to ensure the Thames Valley is a safer place for all women and girls.

    “In response to this, I am pleased to be supporting a range of initiatives to make our streets safer. This includes the development of schools-based programmes to focus on the safety of women and girls, and additional activity focused on street harassment, stalking, sexual assault, rape and predatory behaviour.

    “I am committed to improving the safety of women and girls across the Thames Valley through the key priorities set out within my Police & Criminal Justice Plan.”

    As part of the strategy, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner has set a number of key priorities and objectives including:

    • Creating clear pathways of support
    • Commissioning quality victims’ services and effective interventions
    • Delivering a system wide approach to improve the safety of women and girls
    • Ensuring the voices of women and girls are heard
    • Holding police and criminal justice agencies to account

    This strategy will be delivered alongside Thames Valley Police, Local Authorities and in partnership with a variety of specialist organisations whose work will ensure the Thames Valley is a safer place for women and girls.

    The full strategy can be found here.

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