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Mayor's Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021

Date published: 
09 March 2018

A safer city for women and girls

Measures in the Mayor's Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy include:



  • A wide-ranging programme to improve safety in public spaces at all times of day and night including a new Women’s Night Safety Charter, partnership to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network and a new campaign to tackle attitudes of everyday sexism and misogyny
  • Working with partners across London to gain accreditation to the UN Women’s Safer Cities and Safe Public Spaces initiative
  • Work to encourage positive attitudes, behaviours and healthy relationships amongst children and young people with specialist advocates in schools and pupil referral units, Safer Schools Officers and a whole school prevention pilot in Croydon
  • Supporting a Good Work Standard to address the #MeToo phenomenon and ensure abuse is not tolerated in the workplace


Tackling perpetrators

  • Working with police and criminal justice partners to ensure the most effective handling of dangerous individuals including over £3m to expand the rehabilitative Drive project which provides additional support to help reform the behaviour of perpetrators
  • New measures to tackle stalking
  • Calling on the Government to create a register for perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence, and for tougher sentences for image-based offenses such as ‘upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’


Protection and support for victims

  • £200,000 to support the London Councils Harmful Practices programme – training nurses, midwives and social workers to recognise abuses such as FGM and intervene
  • A complete review of adherence to the Victims’ Code of Practice, a new online portal for victims of crime, and a study into rape cases from a victim’s perspective
  • Significant investment in general and specialist services for victims including £13m for sexual violence services, £5m for Domestic Violence services, and over £9m for services in London’s boroughs

The Strategy was informed by a major consultation exercise which included:

  • Consultation with survivors  - 15 focus groups with 133 survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 19 one-to-one interviews and an online survey with 90 respondents.  
  • 12 consultation workshops on evidence and data sharing, female offenders, BAME, perpetrators, prevention, enforcement, support for victims, prostitution, harmful practices, priority boroughs plus a roundtable with survivors and another with partners and stakeholders. 
  • 400 face-to-face interviews with members of the public across the areas of London where VAWG is most prevalent.