There is an epidemic of violence and abuse against woman and girls in this country and the cases of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa only further highlight the fact that there are too many instances in which victims and survivors are let down by system-wide failures. For every high-profile case there are sadly many more – an estimated 1.6 million women suffer domestic abuse, over 800,000 women experience stalking and approximately 560,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in England and Wales. For many years, services for victims have been unable to meet the scale of this crime, leaving too many women unable to access the support that they so desperately need or receive the justice they deserve.
To address these urgent challenges, in July 2021 the Government published the Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Strategy. Seeking to improve service response for victims and drive improvements in the criminal justice system, the Government also launched a Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan in March 2022. This fresh set of measures aims to drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse with a strong focus on prevention, disrupting perpetrators and enhancing support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst these new frameworks are major steps forward, they cannot succeed without radical systemic change alongside awareness raising campaigns that can foster wider societal shifts in attitudes to help make zero tolerance a reality.
With the recent launch of a new multi-year national communications campaign that says “ENOUGH” to violence against women and girls, this timely Policy Foresight online live conference offers a valuable opportunity for key partners from local authorities, the police, health, housing, social care, criminal justice, education, third sector and other key statutory agencies to examine how to put the strategic reforms into practice and deliver real systemic change. The webinar provides an ideal platform for participants to hear from experts and policymakers, learn from innovative best practice and share ideas with fellow participants to bring about lasting change that supports victims fully, challenges perpetrators and turns the tide on the unacceptable levels of violence, intimidation and abuse suffered by women and girls.
Resource - 21st July 2021 Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy
Latest News - 15th February 2022: More support for domestic abuse victims to rebuild their lives
Latest News - 1st March 2022: Home Secretary says ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls
Latest News - 30th March 2022: Home Secretary launches new Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan
Guidance - 8th July 2022 Domestic Abuse Act 2021: New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised
Latest News - 18th July 2022: Domestic Abuse Commissioner reappointed for a second term
Open Public Consultation - 21st July 2022 Creating an Offence of Public Sexual Harassment [Closes 1st September 2022]
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