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Day of action to tackle violence against women and girls

A day of action is taking place in Tameside on Tuesday (25 January) to focus on tackling violence against women and girls.

Part of 'Operation Safer Tameside', it will involve representatives from Greater Manchester Police and Tameside Council.

The day has been set up in a bid to help raise awareness of the support available in the borough to women and girls and to focus on any issues in the area that may contribute to women and girls being made to feel unsafe.

Operation Safer Tameside is an initiative set up by GMP and partner agencies to address community concerns and to highlight the proactive work ongoing to make the borough a safer place to live and work.

Chief Inspector Claire Galt, of GMPs Tameside District, said: "As part of this day of action there will be a real focus on having increased high visibility patrols in the area, especially around those areas where we have received reports or concerns about women being approached in suspicious circumstances or being left feeling unsafe.

"We will also be visiting local pubs and bars with information on what licensed premises can do to help improve the safety of women as well as offering anti-spiking devices and posters to display promoting the 'Ask Angela' initiative.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for neighbourhoods Cllr Allison Gwynne said: “Gender based abuse covers a range of harms against women and girls. This can include domestic abuse and coercive control; rapes and sexual assaults; street and workplace harassment; stalking on and offline; sexual exploitation; and threatening behaviour directed towards women.

“While wider work across Greater Manchester is taking place to tackle this, I’m pleased to support this multi-agency day of action in Tameside to raise awareness of the issue and highlight the support and services available locally. This forms part of our ongoing Operation Safer Tameside, a robust partnership approach to tackling issues of concern to our local community to help make Tameside safer.”

On Tuesday, there will be stalls set up in the following locations, where anyone is welcome to come and speak to officers to get advice and support.

  • Crown Point Retail Park, Denton.
  • Hyde Town Centre.
  • Ashton Market Hall.
  • Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton.

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