Find out more about The Safety of Women at Night (SWaN) Charter.
Life in Torbay goes on beyond daylight hours. Many of us work, socialise and enjoy the town centre and harbourside at night. We know that being out at night can make many women anxious. This needs to change. We must strive to make Torbay a safer place for women by doing more to:
We have developed The Safety of Women at Night (SWaN) Charter. This is part of our commitment to keeping Torbay a safe place, where women can feel confident and safe at night.
The Charter is about taking practical steps together to make Torbay safer at night for women.
We are inviting businesses and organisations to make a pledge to prioritise the safety of women in Torbay. We need to acknowledge it is the responsibility of us all to take practical steps together. We want to keep our evening and nighttime economy areas safe for everyone.
We are starting the Charter in Torquay. The intention is to roll it out across Torbay over the coming months.
Torbay’s Community Safety Partnership is known as Safer Torbay. We spoke to residents, businesses and visitors across Torbay. We asked about how safe they feel visiting Torquay Town Centre at night. We asked about the reasons why they feel safe, or indeed unsafe.
The three most frequently given reasons for feeling unsafe in Torquay were:
The top three things that make people feel safe when visiting Torquay Town Centre are:
Of the 576 people who completed the survey, 59% of the respondents were female. Almost half were aged between 18-54.
Everyone should feel empowered to play their part in creating positive change. We encourage businesses and organisations, particularly those below, to become a champion for women’s safety:
By signing up to the charter and embedding these commitments in your business you will play a huge part in improving the experience of women in Torbay at night; in both our town centres and harbourside areas.
You will need to re-commit to the charter annually.
We ask all businesses and organisations who sign up to the Charter to commit to seven pledges:
Once signed up, we will send you a resource pack. The pack will include:
a copy of the Charter
the supporting Toolkit and your Pledge
posters and stickers for display at your premises