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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share where they feel unsafe in Jersey. In order for the taskforce to effectively prevent and reduce violence against women and girls in Jersey, we need to understand the extent and nature of this violence on the island.
By sharing the locations where you have felt unsafe, explaining why you felt unsafe, and offering suggestions for how we can improve your safety, you are helping the taskforce to make practical recommendations to tackle violence against women and girls.
The call for evidence is closing on Friday, 20th January. If you have not done so already, please share this heatmap with your friends, family and colleagues so that the taskforce can hear about their experiences too.
Thank you for taking the time to post on locations where you have felt unsafe in jersey this is really valuable information that will help the taskforce in making its recommendations for change to Government. We are beginning to see a detailed picture of where people feel unsafe in the Island. Last weekend, you may have seen the article featured in the Jersey Evening Post which highlighted a number of trends as to why people are feeling unsafe in different areas. Please share this with your friends, family and colleagues who might not have given their feedback on this map yet, and let them know that their identity is kept out of public view and complete anonymity is maintained throughout. This is done by pseudonymising every contribution which means that nothing can be match-up to anyone at any point in time by GoJ or our trusted partners. Please encourage them to have their say and help us to end violence against women and girls in Jersey.
Thank-you all for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings about Safer Spaces on the island. We are in the midst of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence but wanted to share a few insights from what you have told us already.
From this chart, it shows that many of you have experienced feeling unsafe in the places you have identified for the following reasons:
The highest number of contributions have been made from women between the age of 25-34 identifying their route to work as being when and where they feel unsafe.
If you know someone who lives, works or studies on the island who might not have given their feedback on this map yet, please could you share it with them and let them know that their identity is kept out of public view and complete anonymity is maintained throughout.
Thank-you for your support as it will help us to make the island a safer place for you, your friends, family and visitors alike.
We care about your safety as much as you do.
From the 10th of October an independent taskforce has been launched to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Jersey, under the direction of the Home Affairs Minister. VAWG is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
In order to inform and best shape the island’s strategy to target these types of crimes and behaviours, the taskforce has issued a call for evidence to find out more about VAWG in Jersey. There are three different ways to engage with the call for evidence, so that Islanders can participate in the way that suits them best: an online survey, Share Your Story – testimony submission, and an online safety heatmap.
The first survey, found here, invites all Islanders to contribute their views and opinions on VAWG in Jersey; respondents do not need to have any direct experience themselves.
Share Your Story – testimony submission here is designed for anyone with experience of violence against women and girls. It provides an opportunity for people to share their experience in their own words and make their own recommendations for reform.
The online safety heatmap here allows Islanders to identify places that make them feel unsafe in Jersey, explain why and suggest what the Government can do to help.
The call for evidence will remain open until 10 December 2022 when the findings will then be analysed and a report containing recommendations for Government will be published by April 2023.
The taskforce will be conducting a separate piece of research with specialist support service providers, children and young people, and victims and survivors to discuss VAWG in more depth.
Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Helen Miles, said: “The launch of the taskforce is fundamental to our island’s progress in tackling all forms of violence against women and girls. I’m grateful to the members of the taskforce for their dedication to the cause and look forward to the findings that will shape a strategy to make a real difference to Islanders.”
Kate Wright, Independent Chair of the taskforce, added: “I’m proud to be the Chair of such an important group, an issue I am personally passionate about tackling, and believe we have a real opportunity to influence how future generations understand and experience this type of abuse. I would encourage all Islanders who are willing and able, to share their views and experience through the call for evidence. The taskforce has already met and we are all agreed that input from Islanders is fundamental to how successful we are at driving forward this important piece of work.”