Published: Monday, 27th November 2023
Three Councils across West Kent, Sevenoaks District Council, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, are joining forces to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.
VAWG can be defined as, but is not limited to, harassment, stalking, rape, sexual assault, murder, honour-based abuse and coercive control. While men and boys also suffer from many of these forms of abuse, they disproportionately affect women.
As part of this project, the three Councils are working with Kent Police and Kent County Council and asking for residents’ views on how safe they feel in public spaces in their local area.
The consultation will run from Monday 27 November 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024 and will help to identify what the issues are in each area and look at what actions can be taken to address these issues.
Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet member for People and Places, Cllr Lesley Dyball, says: “The harm caused to victims and society by violence against women and girls in all its forms is immeasurable.
“This important partnership with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will help us understand where the issues lie and help us tackle them moving forward.
“We urge any residents who have any thoughts to let us know via the consultation before 7 January.”
To view the consultation, visit the Council’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/VAWG