Women worried about their safety during a night out will soon have support on hand.

Just head to the bar and “ask for Angela”.

The NSW government says staff at licensed premises in the city will be trained to provide discreet assistance if someone seeking to remove themselves from an uncomfortable social situation uses the phrase, reports 9 news.

It will launch on Saturday and will trial for three months, with staff at 1300 venues across the CBD – including bars, restaurants and hotels – trained in how to respond.

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The initiative, which first emerged in the UK, has previously been trialled in regional NSW centres such as Wagga Wagga, Albury and Orange.

Sydney City Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller said it was about a “zero tolerance” approach to poor behaviour.

“The worst case scenario is walking out of a venue and not knowing what’s going to happen next,” she said.

She said it would “give power back” to women.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said the initiative was about influencing perpetrator behaviour.

He said he was “confident” that seeing signs displayed could help alter how they acted.

People feeling unsafe or involved in a situation out of their control are urged to approach staff in the venue and ask for Angela.

“Staff can then intervene by calling police, organising safe transport home or referring the patron to support services.”

Share your comments below

  • Hopefully trouble makers won’t enter those places or harrass other people arriving or leaving them.


  • I heard about this initiative about 2 or 3 years ago, glad to hear it is being taken up by Australian venues. If it saves 1 woman from a difficult situation, or worse, it will be worth it.


  • Great trial. I wonder if it’s well known enough ?


  • Womens safety is so important, its a good idea.


  • It’s nice to think people are regarding women’s safety.


  • Love this idea


  • This is a brilliant idea. Especially if it is everywhere and it works.


  • I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I’m all for trying things that clearly work in other countries. It’s a good step forward in the protection of women.


  • What an awesome initiative, I hope this is not just for women but for some young men who may be being threatened too.


  • Great idea – hope we hear how the trial goes.


  • Brilliant idea


  • Yes, this is a good idea.


  • Good idea! Let’s see how the trial goes. Training all the staff will be quite a demanding task though.


  • Women should feel safe during the day and during the night and a major shift needs to occur in the community.

    • Let’s hope the signs do deter perpetrators.


  • I love this idea & would hope this idea is implemented through out Australia. Anything to make women to feel safer whilst out


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