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Welcome back to our first newsletter for 2019! We hope that you are managing to stay cool in the very hot weather that Canberra has been experiencing.
We had a busy year in 2018 but already January is almost over and it is shaping up to be an equally busy year.

Already we have launched a new report for 2019 about what women (and men) told us in our Safety Mapping Tool since it’s launch in 2016 – and about what made them feel safe or unsafe in spaces around the ACT. This was at the same time as international student Aiia Maasarwe was killed in Melbourne and attention was drawn to the safety of women at night in public spaces.

WCHM knows from our work that women are more likely to experience physical violence in their home by someone known to them, but the feedback from ACT women showed that – even in areas with low rates of reported crime – women feel unsafe due to the risk of assault or sexual assault, particularly after dark.

That is why it is important to ensure there are changes to the physical environment that result in women feeling safe in these public spaces – so that women feel comfortable to participate freely in the community. So WCHM has been, and will continue to, use the results to influence urban design in the ACT. Already there are several opportunities for us to use this information to influence the design of spaces in the ACT – the Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy and the Braddon Place Plan, which you can read about below.

The Productivity Commission has also released several Reports on Government Services in the last week, one of which includes data by State and Territory about perceptions of safety ‘in public places. You can read more about the ACT results from this Report below.

We are looking forward to 2019 and to sharing the reports of findings from our work that is underway and updating you about other work that we’re just beginning. And in the meantime we encourage you to use the Safety Mapping Tool to share your views, and also let us know your views about the Transport Strategy and plan for Braddon.

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Safety in public spaces for women – New Report from WCHM

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Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy

The ACT Government has released it’s vision of an integrated…

Braddon Place Plan

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2019 Report on Government Services (RoGS)

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Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health – Issues Paper released

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