We need a plan around how to tackle VAWG, because too many women and girls are suffering right now.
For a strategy to succeed in ending this violence and abuse it has to be one we all share, and that’s why I am asking the public and key organisations to have their say.
And so we want to want to hear from you and would really appreciate your thoughts on the following four topics.
SUPPORTING VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
CREATING STRONGER SYSTEMS
All answers will be confidential, and if you’d like to discuss any elements of this consultation further, please just email email@example.com and my team will be more than happy to assist.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION INFORMATION
The purpose of the document below is to set out how we can work together to end that violence. That is not an easy task, the challenge we face is huge, but across our region we have organisations and individuals determined to work together on this.
In this document below you will see recommendations for preventing VAWG offences from being perpetrated in the first place, for pursuing perpetrators when they do commit these crimes and for supporting victims.
VAWG is rooted in the inequality of women and girls and is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women and girls – in the year ending March 2020 alone, there were an estimated 618,000 female victims (aged 16-74) and 155,000 male victims of sexual assault (including attempts). 98.3% of perpetrators were male.
However, men and boys can also be victims of violence and abuse, and women can perpetrate abuse. While the term ‘violence against women and girls’ is used, this refers to all victims of any of these offences. I am committed to tackling VAWG crimes in any form and ensuring support for all victims, regardless of sex or gender.