Warwickshire’s strategy to tackle violence against women and girls was formally launched today (9th June 2015) at a ‘Meet and Eat’ multi-agency networking event held in Coventry.
The Strategy, which covers the period 2015-2018, brings together existing work around domestic and sexual abuse with all forms of violence against women and girls, including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, so-called ‘honour’ based violence, stalking, trafficking, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation. It aims to deliver a more integrated and effective partnership response that better reflects the experiences of those affected by these crimes.
Work is identified across four key objectives:
- Prevention – Preventing violence against women and girls from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviour which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it
- Provision – Providing high quality, joined-up support for victims where violence does occur
- Protection – Taking action to reduce the risk to women and girls who are victims of violence and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice and provided with opportunities for change in a way that maximises safety
- Partnership – Working in partnership to obtain the best outcome for victims and their families
The launch of the Strategy represents the culmination of over 18 months of work and consultation with partner agencies, services and victim-survivors themselves.
At today’s event, Helen King, Chair of the multi-agency Violence Against Women and Girls Board and Deputy Director of Warwickshire Public Health, thanked all those involved in making the Strategy come together and stressed the importance of maintaining this momentum to take forward the work identified.
Over the coming months a Strategy Implementation Plan will be developed and it’s delivery will be monitored through the Violence Against Women and Girls Board.
The Strategy and presentation from the ‘Meet and Eat’ event is available here.
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