Ending violence against women and girls

Who are we? What is our mission?

Young Hackney wants to end violence against women and girls and create a safer, more inclusive Hackney community.

We are working together with young people and services across the council to develop groups, programmes and events that are focused on ending VAWG.

If you’re interested in getting involved in our programmes, please keep an eye on these pages for upcoming news and events!


Why ending violence against women and girls is important – the statistics

Groups and programmes

Young Hackney – Ending Violence Against Women and Girls – Young Leaders Group

Calling all young people! Are you 16+? Are you passionate? Would you like to make a difference in your community?

Young Hackney wants to work together with a group of young leaders to help tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in our community.

We will be offering participation in unique events & specialist workshops and to feed into Hackney Council’s decision-making.

Our focus:

  1. Preventing and reducing VAWG
  2. Supporting all victims and survivors
  3. Holding perpetrators to account
  4. Building trust and confidence

Please sign up below, and come and join us to learn more about our mission and how you can contribute and get involved.

Date: Weekly on Thursdays
Time: 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Forest Road Youth Hub, 29 Forest Rd, London E8 3BY

Sign up here!

Upcoming events

16 Days of Activism 2023

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Every year, the UNITE Campaign focuses on a specific theme and this year’s is “UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”. The campaign calls on citizens to show how much they care about ending violence against women and girls by sharing the actions they are taking to create a world free from violence towards women. This year’s campaign also calls on governments worldwide to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.

How to access support

If you need support around sexual harassment you can call 101 or contact one of the organisations below:

  • Rights of Women Helpline: Employment legal advice to women experiencing sexual harassment at work
    020 7490 0152, Monday 6pm – 8pm and Tuesday 5pm – 7pm
  • Hospitality Action Helpline: Support for those working in hospitality facing any kind of difficulties
    0808 802 0282 (24/7)
  • Equality Advice and Support Service: Advice and assistance about any type of discrimination at work
    0808 800 0082, 9am – 7pm daily
  • National Rape Crisis Helpline: For emotional support and info about local sexual violence support services
    0808 802 9999, 12pm – 2.30pm & 7pm – 9.30pm daily
    or online chat via rapecrisis.org.uk
  • Switchboard LGBTQ+ Helpline: Confidential helpline run by and for LGBTQ+ people
    0300 330 0630, 10am – 10pm daily
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Service: Support to Hackney residents experiencing domestic abuse
    020 8356 4458 or 0800 056 0905 (free from a landline), Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm
    email dais@hackney.gov.uk
  • The new #DontCrossTheLine campaign is part of the Council’s ongoing project, Hackney Nights, which works to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough’s nightlife spaces. Our venues are trained to deal with all instances of sexual harassment and misogyny.In the past year Hackney has trained over 2000 nightlife staff in sexual harassment as part of the Hackney Nights project. This has seen an increase in incident reports; particularly incidents considered ‘low level’, which were normally massively underreported. Increased reporting is extremely positive and the #DontCrossTheLine campaign aims to build on this.