The UK Government has recently published its new national strategy to end violence against women and girls.
Here is an excerpt from the foreword by Karen Bradley, MP:
“As Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime, I am determined to support all vulnerable groups.
The strategic aims of our VAWG work – to increase reporting of often hidden crimes, to overhaul the criminal justice response to vulnerable victims and to bring more perpetrators to justice – complements, and will be supported by, wider Government work to tackle modern slavery, prevent child sexual abuse and protect girls from exploitation by gangs.
Our greater focus on early intervention and prevention and the support that we are providing to local commissioners will have benefits for all vulnerable victims. We know that these terrible crimes are disproportionately gendered which is why our approach must be framed within a violence against women and girls strategy.
However, I recognise that men can also be victims of violence and abuse and the approach set out in this strategy will benefit all victims of these crimes.
Too many women are still victims of domestic and sexual violence. We must help young people to understand what a healthy relationship is and to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and consent. Our new campaign aims to prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults by challenging attitudes and behaviours amongst teenage boys and girls that abuse in relationships is acceptable.”