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