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Violence Against Women and Girls

Each year in the UK 3 million women experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ crimes, female genital mutilation, stalking, trafficking, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation.

Such violence is a major cause of death and disability and is linked to other issues such as poor health, child poverty, social exclusion, economic and educational disadvantage.

Warwickshire VAWG Board has worked collaboratively to improve our local response to the VAWG agenda. The previous Warwickshire VAWG Strategy covered the period 2015-2018 and was developed by the VAWG Board and the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board (SWPB).

In July 2021, Central Government published their “Tackling VAWG” Strategy (2021-24) for England and Wales. The Strategy has links to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and was shaped by a comprehensive ‘Call for Evidence on VAWG’ conducted by the Home Office in 2020-21. The strategy expressed the Government’s desire to identify the issue of VAWG. Given the VAWG agenda remains a high priority of the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board, the Warwickshire VAWG Board Chair has committed to having a new Warwickshire VAWG Strategy.

On behalf of Warwickshire VAWG Board, TONIC have run a research project and consultation that will directly contribute to the development of the new Warwickshire Strategy for VAWG 2022-25. The consultation will run until September 2022 and inform future governance arrangements.

Services

Refuge – Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse (WDVA) Service is a countywide service that offer help and support to women, men and children experiencing VAWG or domestic violence and abuse (including rape, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, coercion and control, economic abuse, harmful practices (FGM), forced marriage, and so called ‘honour-based abuse’ in Warwickshire.

If you live in Warwickshire you can call 0800 408 1552 to speak to a support worker. If you are not able to call, please email DVSW@refuge.org.uk

You can also contact the Police, on 101, or Refuge, via the number above, if you have concerns about a friend, relative or neighbour. Please do report any concerns as those who are being abused may not have the opportunity to safely reach out for support themselves at the current time.

Anyone affected by domestic abuse or violence against women and girls, including if you have concerns over someone you know, can contact Refuge on 0800 408 1552.

More information, and links for more support services, relating to domestic abuse / VAWG can be found on our dedicated Talk2Someone website and professionals can find more information on the Talk2Someone Professionals page.

In an emergency, please dial 999.

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999 in an emergency. If you are unable to speak on the phone, when prompted, you can press ’55’ if ringing from a mobile to use the ‘Silent Solution’ system. More information on the silent solution can be found here.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence and abuse please visit www.talk2someone.org.uk for information about local support services.

Documents

This strategy outlines how Warwickshire County Council will work with partners to meet new duties to provide safe accommodation and support in Warwickshire for adult and child victims as part of the Council’s statutory requirements within the Domestic Abuse Act.

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