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Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

The London tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

> Sexual Offences Act 2003


Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-2020

Over the next four years, we will continue to provide a bedrock of critical services for VAWG. But, as we move forward to 2020, we recognise that embedding VAWG as everyone’s business, improving agencies’ responses in identifying abuse at an earlier stage and supporting further increases in reporting, will place greater demand
on local services.
> Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-2020 (PDF)


Violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) are serious crimes. These crimes have a huge impact on our economy, health services, and the criminal justice system. Protecting women and girls from violence, and supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence, remains a priority of this government. In 2016 we published our Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy for this Parliament.
> gov.uk/government/policies/violence-against-women-and-girls


Violence against women and girls: Evidence digest April 2018
A selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG).
> gov.uk/government/publications/violence-against-women-and-girls-evidence-digest-april-2018

Number of rape cases that are charged or summonsed has fallen from 14 per cent to 1.5 per cent, data reveals

‘There is no meaningful access to justice for women, and the men who commit this crime are getting away with it’, said EVAW > inews.co.uk/number-of-rape-cases-that-are-charged-and-summonsed-has-fallen

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Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS is independent, and we make our decisions independently of the police and government. Our duty is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence, and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible.
The CPS published a Violence Against Women (VAW) Strategy and Action Plans in April 2008, which link and co-ordinate all aspects of violence against women work.
The strategy provides a framework which seeks to improve coordination and performance via increased successful outcomes in cases of:

  • domestic violence, including harassment;
  • forced marriage and so-called honour crimes;
  • rape and sexual offences;
  • child abuse;
  • crimes against older people;
  • female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • pornography;
  • prostitution; and
  • human trafficking

> Violence against Women Guidance

London: Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021

This document is the Mayor of London’s strategy for delivering his vision of a safer London for women and girls, covering the period 2018-2021. It has been produced following an in-depth consultation with Londoners, the police and all the partner agencies involved in tackling VAWG, and, crucially, with survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
> Mayor’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021
> The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)


SafeLives emerged from an urgent need to find better ways to help victims of domestic abuse.
We pioneered the use of the Dash risk checklist, which all police forces and many other agencies now use to see how much danger a victim is in. We’ve trained more than 2000 Idvas – specialists who help victims become safe. We got professionals to work together to cut domestic abuse, setting up a Marac meeting in every area. And we are informed by the lived experience and insight of survivors; amplifying their voices in all we do.
> safelives.org.uk

EVAW Coalition

EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Established in 2005, we campaign for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and we challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.
> endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk
> twitter.com/EVAWuk