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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?

To tackle crime against women and girls in London the Mayor's Strategy includes the following measures:

  • Prevention
  • Tackling perpetrators
  • Protection and support for victims

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. 

Get involved

Find out about community projects and schemes you can get involved with in your area:

Facts about violence against women and girls in London

  • 19000
    victims
    adults in London suffer serious sexual assaults each year
  • 85%
    of victims
    of serious sexual assaults in London each year are women
  • 65%
    of prosecutions in London
    resulted in a conviction, compared to with a national average of 75%.
  • 1/10
    of all offences recorded
    by the police in London are flagged as relating to domestic abuse.