Danish officials visited Lambeth after specifically asking to find out more about the borough’s ground-breaking strategies and services to tackle violence against women and girls.
The 15 delegates were at the town hall on Wednesday, August 29 and included Copenhagen City Council’s Social Committee Mayor Mikkel Warming and nine councillors from the Danish capital.
Councillor Jack Hopkins, Lambeth council’s cabinet member for Public Protection, welcomed the delegation to Brixton.
He was joined by Lambeth police’s Detective Superintendent Martin Huxley and Lambeth’s Adults & Community Services Executive Director Jo Cleary in giving the Danes an overview of work in the borough to protect women and girls.
Cllr Hopkins said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Copenhagen’s social board mayor and his committee to outline how we are delivering on our manifesto commitment to reducing violence against women and girls here in Lambeth, and how we are prioritising women’s safety in all aspects of our community safety work.”
The visiting officials also asked to hear more about the borough’s new Gaia Centre – an innovative service for victims of gender violence.
The centre, which is the first of its kind in the country, supports victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, prostitution, trafficking and stalking.
The Gaia Centre was managed by Lambeth for many years and now the council commissions Refuge, the national domestic violence charity to run it.
Tackling violence against women and girls is a key priority for Lambeth and the council have delivered on a commitment to safeguard and increase funding.