Will you share your story of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment (or street harassment) is something that women experience everyday. Nottinghamshire Police is now the first area in the country to record these incidents as a type of hate crime against women (misogynistic hate). This is a ground breaking piece of work that we hope will encourage more women to come forward and report incidences and eventually help to change public attitudes towards women.

For the next step of the project, we need your help. We’re working with the police to develop a video to encourage people to recognise and report these types of crimes and incidents. To make this work, we need women who are prepared to share their own stories of being harassed in the streets, in clubs, on public transport or wherever else this generally occurs.

We know that this is a big ask so we want to reassure you that we will carry out a full risk assessment before putting you in front of the camera and will ensure that you are supported throughout.

If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch at reguard@nottinghamwomenscentre.com

This project has been made possible thanks to support from our partners in Nottinghamshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and the Safer Nottinghamshire Board.


Meet the team – Holly

My name is Holly Swinckels and I’ve been at Nottingham Women’s Centre since January 2015.  My role here is Service Development and Sustainability Co-ordinator…a long job title which suits the varied things I do!

My role is partly about attracting funding and investment to enable us to continue to offer the services we already run, and to develop new services where we have identified that the needs of local women are not being met.  I work very closely with my colleagues to listen to what the women who use the Centre say about how they live their lives, what services, training and support is needed to help them reach their potential and make positive and lasting changes in their lives, and what issues and barriers they encounter.  Our recent funding successes with the Big Lottery and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have been based on that work.

My role also involves telling the story of the Women’s Centre and the women who make it such a brilliant place, so I’ve had a very exciting year so far, working on our new motion graphic film and a new website, which will be ready for you to see in our next e-bulletin, plus the re-design of the e-bulletin you are reading now.  I’m also working on our new business plan, due for publication later in the year.

Finally, the Women’s Centre being the Women’s Centre, it’s also not unusual for my first job of the day to be to fix a toilet door or arrange for a free dehumidifier in the aftermath of a radiator leak causing a small flood….I love working here, amongst colleagues who do amazing work and the brilliant women who come to the Centre every day and it’s my absolute pleasure to walk into the welcome space every morning.  If you haven’t visited us yet, do drop by for a coffee and see what we’re up to.