Sarah Everard’s murder and the response to it underscores that women’s safety requires more than “protection” by disciplinary actors of the state that—even when they aren’t, like Wayne Couzens, the exact same men who perpetrate violence against women—still work in service of the status quo of heteropatriarchy and white supremacy. Conciliatory negotiations with police should not even be on the table when it is demonstrable that more policing does not equal more safety. With creativity and solidarity, women’s safety can only be achieved through pushing to defund the police and funneling that money into preventative and reactive programs against violence that truly target what women need to be safe and protected. That’s what Sarah Everard, and all women, deserve. {read}