Violence against women and girls (VAWG) are serious crimes which have a huge impact on people’s lives, the economy, health services, and the criminal justice system.
Published: Monday, 13th August 2018
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) are serious crimes which have a huge impact on people’s lives, the economy, health services, and the criminal justice system. Protecting women and girls from violence, and supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence is a top priority for the whole of the UK. In 2016 the Government published its Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy for this Parliament which is being rolled out nationally.
In 2018 the Mayor of London published the Mayor’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021 which sets out the priorities for London as a whole. Hounslow Council is refreshing its strategic plan to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls and to support survivors across the borough.
This plan will sit alongside existing policies and procedures that provide protection and redress for all victims of crime. This includes men and boys who may have experienced these types of abuse and violence.
To develop the VAWG plan the council is launching a consultation with survivors of VAWG, residents, businesses, charities and other organisations in the form of an anonymous online survey.
Additionally, the council will be holding focus groups with survivors, the learnings from which will help to shape the VAWG plan.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member of Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council, said: “As a council, we have been working extremely hard to tackle the issues of domestic violence against women and girls.
“We want to find out what more we can do to tackle the issue and to ensure victims and survivors get the appropriate support across the borough.
“We would like to encourage as many people to take part in this consultation and help us develop an approach that benefits everyone affected by domestic abuse and violence.”
The consultation launched on 11 August and will run for a period of 5 weeks. If you, or anyone you know is currently suffering from VAWG or if you are a survivor of VAWG, we are very eager to hear from you.
Your views are very important to us in identifying how best we can tackle this abhorrent abuse, and also so we can understand how best to help and support victims and survivors of VAWG.
Please take this opportunity to have your say. Together we can develop a plan that works to help people rebuild their lives.
For full information on the VAWG plan and to participate in the online consultation, please click here