Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2019-2022

The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership holds the governance arrangements for the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy in Wolverhampton. The partnership has tasked Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and its multi-agency executive board to coordinate the refresh of the current VAWG strategy, which will come to an end in 2019, in conjunction with wider partnerships. The strategy has been drafted following analysis of current data trends and intelligence, and gathering views from organisations across the partnerships and sectors through ongoing consultation. The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership is now seeking wider views of stakeholders and residents of Wolverhampton.

In line with the national strategy of the same name, Wolverhampton’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2019-2022 encompasses domestic violence, honour based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual violence and the recently added issue of stalking and harassment.  The strategy acknowledges that the majority of victims are female but there are both male and female victims and perpetrators in heterosexual and same sex relationships.  It also aims to address additional barriers to seeking help for particular groups and communities.

The draft 2019-2022 VAWG Strategy also outlines significant progress made during the period of the last strategy across the strands of prevention, service provision, protection and justice, and performance and governance.   These strands remain the cornerstones of the new strategy, as does the importance of effective partnership working and engagement with our communities. 
 
Consultation around this draft strategy will run for a 12 week period in line with Wolverhampton’s Compact agreement, from 17 December 2018 to 12 March 2019.

This is a key opportunity to influence how services will be delivered over the next few years, so please take this opportunity to be part of shaping the city’s future.

The draft VAWG 2019-2022 strategy can be viewed here. You will need to read the draft strategy before completing the survey. 
 
Thank-you for your time and input.

Closing date for consultation: 12 March 2019.
 
Contact: safer@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Further info on SWP:  http://www.saferwolverhampton.org.uk/

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* 1. Do you feel that the draft strategy is easy to understand and provides clear aims and objectives?

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* 2. We aim to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by:

- engaging with our communities and faith groups about the myths, law, medical facts and consequences of FGM
- providing clear pathways to support
- training front line workers to recognise situations where there is a risk of FGM, especially in education and health settings
- providing robust responses to prevent FGM, using the full range of available powers including court protection orders.
- monitoring reported FGM, and responding to trends.

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing this priority?

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* 3. We aim to prevent Honour Based Violence (HBV) by:

- engaging with our communities, faith groups, and young people about the myths and the law relating to HBV
- providing clear referral pathways to advice and support
- training front line workers to recognise situations where there is a risk of HBV, especially in schools and social care
- embedding existing procedures and risk assessments to ensure responses prevent HBV, using the full range of available powers including court protection orders.
- monitoring reported HBV across the partnership, and responding to trends.

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing this priority?

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* 4. We aim to prevent Forced Marriage (FM) by:

- engaging with our communities, faith groups, and young people about the myths and the law relating to FM
- providing clear referral pathways to advice and support
- training front line workers to recognise situations where there is a risk of FM, especially in schools and social care
- embedding existing procedures and risk assessments to ensure responses prevent FM, using the full range of available powers including court protection orders
- monitoring reported FM across the partnership, and responding to trends.

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing this priority?

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* 5. We aim to prevent Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Violence (SV) by:

- engaging with our communities, faith groups, and young people about the myths and the law relating to DV and SV
- providing clear referral pathways to advice and support
- training front line workers to recognise DV and SV situations
- embedding existing robust procedures and risk assessments to ensure responses prevent DV and SV
- using the full range of available powers including civil and criminal proceedings and protection
- developing a stepped model for DV perpetrator and offender programmes and management
- embedding good practice and learning from domestic homicide reviews
- monitoring reported DV and SV across the partnership, and responding to trends.

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing these priorities?

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* 6. We aim to prevent Stalking and Harassment by:

- Raising awareness of the law and legal implications relating to stalking and harassment
- Raising awareness of stalking and harassment amongst frontline practitioners
- Promotion of reporting and available care pathways

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing this priority?

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* 7. With a view to ensuring services are as accessible as possible, we will engage with and seek feedback from a range of communities, undertake research and surveys with existing and previous service users, and provide help seeking information in a range of languages, formats, and media.  

Is there anything else you feel the partnership should incorporate in addressing this priority?

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* 8. Are there any further comments that you would like to include in the consultation?

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