What Are Safe Spaces?

UK SAYS NO MORE are committed to ensuring that every survivor of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence has access to specialist services and support.

We recognise that local businesses are accessible to the general public during their daily routines and can play a pivotal role in fulfilling their role in the community response to Domestic Abuse and Sexual violence, by being a Safe Space. 

The Safe Spaces initiative enables a community to play active role in the response to domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Created by UK SAYS NO MORE, the national domestic abuse and sexual violence awareness and prevention campaign, facilitated by London Charity Hestia , Safe Spaces is delivered in partnership with the community, local businesses, specialist services and the local authority or council. We have currently piloted our work in the London Borough of Islington and will soon be looking to roll out Safe Spaces nationwide. 

  

How Do I Access A Safe Space?

Find out where your nearest Safe Space is by scrolling down to the list of businesses and organisations below. We are constantly adding to this list as we train more and more ambassadors across the United Kingdom. Once you have checked to find your nearest Safe Space, ensure that the Safe Spaces logo is displayed in their window, this will alert you that an Ambassador is present and ready to respond. Once inside tell a member of staff your situation or alternatively, you can say “I’m here about the Pin” to minimise public disclosures.

 

 

What Happens When I Am In A Safe Space?

Once inside you will be offered a seat, a glass of water and access to WiFi or a phone. The Ambassador will then go through the Bright Sky App with you to identify nearby organisations who are able to support. The Bright Sky App is free to download and offers guidance to victims, family members and friends enduring domestic abuse. The Ambassador will be happy to provide a listening ear, but please note, if you do share vital information this may need to be passed on.

 

What If I Am A Local Authority And I’m Interested in Engaging Businesses with Safe Spaces?

This is excellent news.

By becoming a part of Safe Spaces you have decided to join a whole community response to ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. It only takes a few steps before you become part of a process which is able to respond effectively.

We would ask you to:

 – Contact uksaysnomore@hestia.org

– Each business to nominate two members of staff to be trained as Ambassadors.

– For businesses to use a window sticker to display whether their ambassadors are present or not. 

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List of Current Safe Spaces:

London Borough of Islington

Age UK Islington

Voluntary Action Islington

Clerkenwell Safer Neighbourhood Panel

Brickworks Community Centre

Arsenal in the Community

New Horizon Youth Centre

Centre 404

Solace

Better Lives

The Guiness Partnership

Highbury Roundhouse

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation

St Mungo’s

Positively UK

Copenhagan Youth Project

Chabad Islington

Angel Shed Islington

Choices

The Bridge/ Hungerford School

Islington SNB

St Luke’s Community Centre

Chance UK