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.
In March 2015, the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board approved its first Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy covering the period 2015-18.
The Strategy brings together existing work on domestic abuse with a new broader approach that addresses all forms of violence against women and girls.
It will be delivered by the multi-agency Violence Against Women and Girls Board – a subgroup of the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.
The Strategy objectives are:
- 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
Why a gendered approach?
The Strategy recognises that men and boys can also be victims of violence and therefore does not exclude them from this work. Perpetrators may also be female. However, a gendered approach to VAWG is both appropriate and necessary because the majority of violence is perpetrated by men, against women and is gender-based.
For more information read the full VAWG Strategy 2015-18 (pdf, 910 Kb).
Strategy Launch Event
The Strategy was formally launched at a multi-agency ‘Meet and Eat’ networking event on 9th June 2015. A copy of the presentation delivered by Helen King, Chair of the Violence Against Women and Girls Board and Deputy Director of Warwickshire Public Health, is available here:
Warwickshire’s latest domestic violence and abuse needs assessment is available here:
- Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Needs Assessment 2015-16 (pdf, 1.4 Mb)
- Warwickshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Needs Assessment 2015-16 – Executive Summary (pdf, 458 Kb
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.
In an emergency, please dial 999.