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Police launch ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative to protect women from sexual violence

 

The City of London Police, City of London Corporation and Metropolitan Police Service are working in partnership with Safer Sounds, who are part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues to help keep people safe while in the City of London.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across the whole of London, including in the City of London. The scheme aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a phrase they can use to get the attention of staff if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Staff can help by reuniting them with a friend, seeing them to a taxi, or by calling venue security and/or the police. 

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The City of London Police, City of London Corporation and Metropolitan Police Service are working in partnership with Safer Sounds, who are part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues to help keep people safe while in the City of London.

Many of the City’s bars, clubs and other licensed businesses are getting busier and will continue to do so in the lead up to Christmas. For many people, this could be the first time they have been to a licensed premises during the festive period in two years, due to the pandemic.

Assistant Commissioner, Angela McLaren, of the City of London Police, said: ‘Ask for Angela is a simple, yet effective scheme which empowers people to seek help if they are feeling vulnerable in a pub, club or restaurant.

 

Risk

‘They can raise their concerns with the venue staff in the knowledge that help is available. With online dating, there is a risk of meeting up with someone who may be a very different person to the one originally portrayed.

‘We hope this initiative will safeguard people who are feeling vulnerable and prevent uncomfortable situations escalating into something more serious.’

Venues that support Ask for Angela will also have been given or offered Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) training. Delivered by Safer Sounds, it is a package developed to provide staff working in licensed venues with an awareness of vulnerability, how to spot it, and their responsibilities of how to deal with it.

 

Following completion of training, venues will receive ‘Ask for Angela’ promotional materials such as posters and digital adverts to display in their premises. You can visit www.safersounds.org.uk/wave to find out more.

 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, Metropolitan Police Service said: ‘The Ask for Angela scheme is a key part of our commitment to help improve safety for women and girls, although ‘Ask for Angela’ is for anyone who needs to use it. No one should have to put up with unwanted attention, or predatory, sexual or violent behaviour while enjoying a night out.’