Violence Against Woman and Girls
Women and girls experience violence and discrimination in society across the world because of their gender. It has serious long and short-term effects, both for the individual victims but also society as a whole.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) can take many forms, such as:
- Domestic abuse
- Forced marriage
- Early marriage
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Sex trafficking
- So called ‘honour’ crimes
In July 2021, the government produced a new VAWG strategy, detailing a national plan to address and tackle violence against women and girls. You can read the strategy here.
In December 2021, a national policing framework on VAWG was published, for all police forces in the country to follow. The framework recommends the following actions:
- Communicating clearly and frequently that misogynistic, sexist and sexualised behaviour will not be tolerated
- Responding unequivocally to allegations of police-perpetrated abuse
- Expanding and enhancing processes for listening to women and girls
- Increased action against violent men
- Transform how the police and CPS handle investigations into rape and sexual offences
You can find out more about VAWG on the following websites:
- Action Aid: information about VAWG across the world
- Women’s Aid: UK-based charity supporting women and children
How are we tackling VAWG in Wiltshire?
Wiltshire Police have recently (16th March 2022) launched a consultation on the safety of women and girls. Women and girls across the county are encouraged to take part in the survey to help the police develop an approach to tackling violence against them.
Please click here to complete the survey.
Wiltshire CSP is in the process of drawing together all of the work happening across the partnership to tackle VAWG.