Meeting Discusses Plans To Tackle Violence Against Women

Police look to the community to develop unified strategy

Sgt Leah Patel explaining the purpose of the meeting at the US embassy
Sgt Leah Patel explaining the purpose of the meeting at the US embassy

The police in the borough of Wandsworth have set out their proposals to combat violence against women and girls.

On the 13 May Wandsworth Police invited partners and organisations from across the borough to meet and discuss plans for keeping women safe in public places.

The session was held at the US Embassy, where individuals representing community organisations from Wandsworth attempted to lay the groundwork for a unified plan.

The attendees heard from White Ribbon UK Chief Executive Anthea Sully, after which the priorities and challenges faced by the Borough in improving women’s safety were discussed.

The event heard from council representatives, MP representatives, elected councillors, community groups such as Elays, Redthread, Carneys, Women of Wandsworth, the Business Improvement District, staff from Roehampton University and St George’s Hospital and many more.

Police Sergeant Leah Patel, Sergeant for Battersea Neighbourhood teams and Violence against Women and Girls lead for Wandsworth, said, Thank you to everyone who came to the first of these meetings to plan and discuss our priorities on keeping women and girls safe in public places in Wandsworth.

“We have had many challenging yet great conversations which have resulted in a shared passion to commit to our overarching aim of keeping women and girls safe. We hope that everyone left knowing that as a partnership, we can deliver for our community.

“It was a great chance to share innovative ideas in person, and it is hoped this will result in a plan for both the community and Police to make sure Wandsworth is a safe borough for women and girls.”

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May 18, 2022