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UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Survey

Gender-based and sexualized violence and harassment in public spaces

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We want to hear from you about your experiences and perspectives on gender-based and sexualized violence and harassment in the City of Vancouver and its public spaces. This survey is part of a study that will inform the future directions of the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces initiative (UN Safe Cities Initiative) and what the City needs to prioritize in order to respond to and prevent gender-based and sexualized violence.
About the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative

Women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual), non-binary and gender diverse people experience high rates of all forms of gender-based violence and harassment. The City of Vancouver’s UN Safe Cities initiative aims to address gender-based and sexualized violence and harassment in public spaces through enhancing and changing the City’s policies, programs, planning and services to increase safety and create safer public spaces.
Completing the survey

You can take the survey in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Spanish by changing the language at the top right corner the page. 

The survey could take anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes to complete. The first section asks about where you feel unsafe and where and what forms of gender-based and sexualized violence you have experienced and witnessed in Vancouver. The second section asks several questions about you such as your age, gender and race so that we can better understand your experiences. 

Please know that you can stop the survey at any time, whether you are completing it in-person or online. You can also skip any questions you do not want to answer and you do not need to explain why. 

Some of the questions on the survey could bring back or remind you of upsetting or traumatic memories and trigger uncomfortable to intense emotions, sensations or other responses. If you are feeling triggered during the survey, feel free to stop at any point or take a break and come back to it.
Resources for Emotional Support

If you need any emotional support before, during or after the survey, please consider reaching out to any of the resources listed below or other resources/groups/networks that you feel safer receiving support from. 
Key DefinitionsPyramid diagram image depicting examples of sexual and gender based violence.

Gender-based violence: An umbrella term for all forms of violence committed against someone because of their gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, verbal or financial. Examples include gender-based discriminatory policies, transphobic hate speech, intimate partner abuse and online or app-based harassment. 

Sexualized violence: An umbrella term for any violence carried out through sexual means or by targeting one’s sexuality or sexual orientation. Sexualized violence attempts to remove the person’s power and control they have over their body without their consent. Examples include school/workplace sexual harassment, groping, non-consensual explicit image/video sharing and sexual assault. Sexualized violence also includes attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of sexual nature that create a hostile, intimidating and toxic environment. 

Public Spaces: Public spaces are spaces that people can “freely” move in and out of spaces that serve a public purpose. We emphasize the word “freely” with quotations because we recognize that residents of Vancouver do not equally enjoy the freedom of movement or access to public spaces. For the purpose of this survey, we have included spaces that may be privatized in reality, but are perceived as public and/or more accessible to only some of the public. 
How your responses will be used

Your response will be used to inform the City’s UN Safe Cities scoping study and will appear in the final report as summaries, graphics, quotes or recommendations. The final report of the scoping study will be published in early 2022.

By completing this survey, you are giving us permission to use your responses in the final report and help inform the future directions of the UN Safe Cities initiative.


Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Vancouver Charter. Questions about the collection and use of this information may be sent to the Director, Access to Information and Privacy, Email: privacy@vancouver.ca.