The Safer for Women Campaign, run by Nottingham’s Women’s Centre works with Nottinghamshire police to help support women who experience misogyny and give them the option to report any incidents to the police.
Nottinghamshire Police made misogyny a hate crime in 2016 and there are now calls to roll this policy out nationally.
However, on November 1st, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) chairwoman Police Chief Sara Thornton said: ‘Misogyny should not be treated as a hate crime.’
She believes that the police should focus on burglaries and violence crime before focusing on incidents of misogyny as the police are already stretched enough as it is.
CEO of Nottingham’s Women’s Centre Helen Voce said: “I agree it’s not the police’s job to change culture so that women feel safe in public spaces while studying or at work. It needs a whole government approach with active community participation.”
Since 2016 only 170 crimes and incidents of misogyny have been logged by Nottinghamshire police.
“Women have felt more confident with confronting street harassment as they know they have the police support,” said Helen.
Nottingham Police define misogyny as incidents against women that are motivated by the attitude of men towards women, and includes behaviour targeted at women by men simply because they are women.
“I think street harassment is such a daily occurrence it doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are from you will probably experience street harassment,” said Sophie Maskell, campaign manager for Safer for Women.
During an evaluation report of misogyny in Nottingham it was found that 93.7% or respondents have experienced or witnessed street harassment.
Sophie said: “Misogyny is not acceptable and you should not be harassed.”
Police forces are now working together to see what worked well in preparation for if its rolled out nationally.