A new campaign has launched to help women feel safer in Sydney’s bars, clubs and hotels.
‘Ask for Angela’ has been launched in by the NSW government, a program which allows patrons to discreetly ask for help from venue staff.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said ‘Ask for Angela’ was a simple concept that had quickly spread around the world since it originated in the UK in 2016.
“This is a really effective initiative which is already operating successfully in Wagga Wagga, Albury, Orange and most recently Byron Bay,” Mr Toole said.
Under the program, when a patron ‘Asks for Angela’ staff will know they need help.
Minister for Police Mr Grant said the NSW Government was pleased hotels, bars and clubs in Australia’s largest city were getting on board to help improve the safety of their patrons.
“People should not feel intimidated when they’re socialising. They are out to enjoy themselves, not feel threatened, and this initiative supports their safety. Staff can then intervene by calling police, organising safe transport home or referring the patron to support services.”