Statement following the death of Sabina Nessa.

Statement from Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency.

Published: Friday, 24th September 2021

Image of Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency.

Cllr Katherine Dunne said:

“We are incredibly shocked and saddened to hear what has happened and our thoughts are with Sabina’s family and friends. All women should be able to live their lives freely, without fear of harassment, abuse or violence from men.

“Once again, we are sadly reminded why tackling violence against all women needs to be a priority across the Capital. As a Council we believe our streets should be safe for women and girls to walk. In March, we launched our new ‘Safer Communities Strategy,’ working with partners including the Met Police to help keep Hounslow safe, and we place great importance on our Community Safety work.

“We want our community to know that we will not tolerate any behaviour towards women and girls that could put them in danger and if you contact us about concerns we will take them seriously. Perpetrators should know that their actions are illegal and we will not tolerate behaviours that make women feel scared or threatened to go about their daily lives.”

The primary school teacher was found dead in a south-east London park last Saturday. It is believed she was attacked after leaving her home the previous evening.

This evening ‘Reclaim these Streets’ a community action group will be joining Sabina Nessa’s community in solidarity against violence against women and to acknowledge her life. The vigil will be held at Peglar Square at 7pm, if you can't join in person, you can light a candle at 7pm on your doorstep.

Women and girls seeking help with abuse or violence issues should contact:

Hounslow One Stop Shop on 07810 031 780

Refuge 24 Hour Helpline 0808 2000 247

Gateway (support for rape, sexual violence and abuse) 0808 801 8660

In an emergency women and girls are advised to call the Police on 999

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