Violence against women and girls on the transport network

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4582
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the Mayor doing to clamp down on violence against women and girls on the transport network?

Answer

Answer for Violence against women and girls on the transport network

Answer for Violence against women and girls on the transport network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to tackling violence against women and girls, this includes making it safe for them to use London's transport network.  This is why I have introduced action to clamp down on offences on public transport.  TfL, the MPS and partners have a number of initiatives to tackle sexual offences on public transport.  The initiatives include the "Report it to Stop it now" campaign, targeted action against offenders, enhanced victim support, high visibility police and enforcement at peak times and engagement sessions at schools.  These initiatives have been successful in promoting a significant increase in the numbers of reports of sexual offences on public transport.  More specifically, as a result of this increased confidence and success of the “Report it to Stop it now” (RITSI) campaign there is been an increase of reports of around 70% since 2015 leading to almost 1,200 arrests.  However, we must take efforts to ensure that increased reporting of violence against women and girls does not mask a problem.  A key commitment of my Police and Crime Plan is to look beneath reported crime stats so we can say with much greater certainty what our data is telling us.  There are 3,000 British Transport Police (BTP) personnel dedicated to transport policing and keeping customers safe including 700 uniformed officers on the tube and Docklands Light Railway (DLR).  Important work also continues in improving the safety of travelling by taxi and private hire by tackling taxi and private hire generated sexual offences through targeted policing and enforcing activity.  TfL and the MPS are also working to improve the safety of young people and tackling youth related violence on the bus network through pro-active policing operations.  Young women and girls make up a significant proportion of victims.  Everyone deserves to feel safe and confident across our city and we encourage women and girls to come forward and report and issues to ensure offences are investigated and action is taken against offenders.