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Safety of Women at Night Charter

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1. About the SWaN Charter

  • This Safety of Women at Night (SWaN) Charter has been developed as part of Exeter's commitment to keeping the city a safe place, where women feel confident and safe at night.
  • The Charter is a voluntary pledge to prioritise the safety of women in Exeter, and to acknowledge it is the responsibility of all of us to take practical steps together to keep our city safe for everyone.


SWaN - Why women, why Exeter?

This Charter unites organisations in developing a whole-city approach to reducing violence against women and girls and keeping them safe at night in Exeter.

The following Exeter specific factors illustrate why this Charter is important:

  • Recent criminal convictions for murder and serious assaults against women in the city
  • The increase in women reporting rape and sexual assault during and post-lockdown
  • Growing concerns of drink spiking and assaults using needles
  • Predominance of city centre anti-social behaviour in the evening
  • Increase in numbers of homeless women in the city
  • Women at risk from County Lines gangs
  • Women have told us why they feel unsafe in Exeter through the SWaN survey


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