There is an epidemic of violence and abuse against woman and girls in this country with an estimated 1.6 million women suffering domestic abuse, over 800,000 women experiencing stalking and a record high of 199,021 sexual offences recorded by police in the year to September 2022 – an increase of more than a fifth compared with before the pandemic. Recent high-profile cases have brought these figures into sharp focus and illustrate the stark reality that too many victims and survivors are let down by system-wide failures, and for every high-profile case there are sadly many more. Challenged by years of underfunding and heightening demand, services for victims have been unable to meet the scale of the problem, leaving too many women unable to access the support that they so desperately need or receive the justice they deserve.
Building on the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the Government has sought to address these urgent challenges through recent strategies, initiatives and reviews. In the last year, the Government launched the Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan to drive down the prevalence of domestic abuse, through prevention, perpetrator disruption and enhanced support for victims of domestic abuse. In December 2022, the Government launched a 24/7 support line for victims of rape and sexual assault and published the Progress Report on the End-to-End Rape Review, which showed that recent cross-government work is starting to deliver results with a 67% increase in rape convictions since 2020. Whilst this work signals a step forward, more needs to be done support victims, challenge perpetrators, and foster wider societal shifts to make zero tolerance of violence against women and girls a reality.
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 the impact of the new strategies, initiatives and reforms. Participants will also explore the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic and cost-of-living crisis are having on the scale of violence against women and the subsequent demand for services. 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 improve multi-agency responses, deliver trauma informed support for victims, and ensures perpetrators are brought to justice.
Resource - 21st July 2021 Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy
Latest News - 1st March 2022: Home Secretary says ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls
Guidance - 8th July 2022 Domestic Abuse Act 2021: New guidance will ensure all forms of domestic abuse are recognised
Resource - 1st September 2022 Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan
Resource - 15th December 2022 End to End Rape Review Progress Report
Latest News - 9th January 2023: Fund launched to protect domestic abuse victims through prevention
Latest News - 20th February 2023: Domestic abusers face crackdown in raft of new measures
Latest News - 17th March 2023: Tougher sentences for domestic killers
Latest News - 31st March 2023: Victims fleeing domestic abuse given lifeline payments
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