The findings of a wide ranging survey about the safety of women and girls in Wolverhampton have now been released.

Over 2,200 people took part in the survey, conducted by West Midlands Police and the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, and their responses will be used to shape police and community safety activity going forward.

The survey asked women and girls how safe they feel when they are out and about, and to share details of any issues they may have either witnessed or experienced anywhere in Wolverhampton, along with locations that are of concern to them. 

Generally, people reported that they feel safe, both at home and in their local neighbourhood, but the survey has highlighted a number of areas that agencies will focus on moving forward.
Suggestions from respondents for measures that will help people feel safer include reviewing lighting, increased police presence, use of CCTV, and safety improvements to public and private transport. Further raising awareness of the issues around violence against women and girls was also highlighted as an effective way of increasing overall safety in Wolverhampton.

A multi-agency task and finish group has been set up to review the findings and progress actions, and the police and Safer Wolverhampton Partnership will feedback specifics as the work progresses. 

Supt Simon Inglis of Wolverhampton Police said: "This has been a really important piece of work which has provided vital information that will help us and our partners to plan community safety activity across the city.

"We are incredibly thankful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey – and we appreciate that for some of them, it won't have been easy to talk about things that they have experienced in the past.

“Please be assured that the safety of women and girls is an absolute priority for the police and the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and we will continue to listen and act to make this an even safer city moving forwards.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Any incident of violence or harassment against women and girls is obviously unacceptable and, while Wolverhampton is generally a safe place to be, like any big town or city, there will be issues here from time to time which could make women and girls feel unsafe.

"We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this survey and look forward to the findings informing the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership's plans to keep our communities safe.”