Safer Harlow Partnership

The Safer Harlow Partnership (SHP) is a group of organisations working together to reduce crime, disorder and the misuse of drugs in the town.

The partnership is led by:

The partnership also includes many other local bodies like:

Partnership structure

The Chair of the SHP is the Chief Executive of Harlow Council.

The SHP is currently supported by 5 priority groups. Each group produces action plans in order to achieve the objectives of the partnership.

You can read the SHP strategic assessment for 2020 to 2021 (pdf) which looks at patterns of crime, disorder, antisocial behaviour and community safety issues affecting Harlow and helps inform the strategic priorities for the next year.

You can read a report on the achievements of the SHP groups in 2021 to 2022 (pdf)


Safer Harlow Partnership priorities for 2022 to 2023 are:

  • antisocial behaviour and crime
  • domestic abuse
  • gangs and county lines
  • hate crime
  • permitted development housing

Domestic abuse

The SHP wants to encourage more victims of domestic abuse to report incidents, so victims can be supported and the number of repeat victims reduced.

Take the first step domestic abuse poster

Harlow Council is the lead agency on the Harlow Domestic Abuse Forum.

The SHP is responsible for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they had been in an intimate relationship with.

DHR Overview Reports from other parts of Essex along with the Harlow Overview Reports are published on the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board website.