Tackling violence against women and girls

In the Police and Crime Plan, the Mayor set out tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as one of his key priorities for safety in London. He has published a dedicated Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, with measures to prevent VAWG, tackle perpetrators and to protect and support victims.

What are we doing?

In March 2018 the Mayor published a comprehensive Strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in London, following a major consultation exercise with survivors, stakeholders and the wider public.

Through the Strategy, we are delivering a wide variety of projects and programmes, including:

Boosting services for victims and survivors
Through a new £15m fund we’ve boosted services to tackle domestic abuse, sexual assault, harmful practices and stalking; supporting some of the most vulnerable women and girls in London.

Making it easier to get help 
We’re funding the London Survivors Gateway, offering victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse help to access specialist support

Setting better standards
The introduction of The Women’s Night Safety Charter is helping to make London’s transport network, streets, cultural hubs and venues safer.

Taking action against FGM
FGM is an abhorrent practice. That’s why a range of London’s professionals are being trained to help prevent it - from health visitors to housing officers.

Raising the bar at work
We’re asking businesses to sign up to our Good Work Standard to provide better work place support for victims of violence against women and girls.

VAWG Funding

In 2019 the Mayor of London committed an additional £15 million to help services that support women and girls who have been the victim of violence in London.The money from business rates is increasing the amount of support provision that is available for victims and survivors. The fund is being allocated across three years from 2019/2020 to 2021/2022 in four separate tranches;

1. Maintaining existing investment

The Mayor’s VAWG Fund has enabled an increase of £1.35million to maintain existing investment in services commissioned by the Mayor that support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

2. Sustaining current innovation

Existing innovation projects are being evaluated to fully understand the case to sustain these pieces of work and more information will soon be made available on decisions made by MOPAC in relation to any future commissioning of the London based transformation projects; Drive, MASIP and the London Survivors Gateway.

3. Developing grass-roots based provision – Competitive grant allocation

Supporting grass roots provision is a key component of the Mayor’s VAWG Fund. MOPAC have conducted extensive research into the issues faced by grass roots providers and are working with a sector expert and a fund manager to develop a funding prospectus that will soon be open to smaller grass roots organisations who are supporting women and girls affected by VAWG.

4. Managing an increase in demand- Competitive grant allocation

Over £7million has been awarded to five projects managing the increasing demand on services. These projects are focused on delivering services to victims and survivors of VAWG where there has been a barrier to accessing support; the projects are in the early stages of mobilisation and further information about how they will accept referrals, deliver services and work with local providers as well as statutory agencies will soon be made available.

Current projects

The VAWG Team is working with partners on a range of VAWG areas including domestic abuse, sexual violence, misogyny, harmful practices, prostitution and perpetrators of VAWG. For further information please see the links to partners’ websites below:

Pan London Housing Reciprocal

HAVENS SARCs

GALOP

Survivors UK

Tender-Whole Schools Approach

Harmful Practices training with London Councils

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