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Nationwide call for views on tackling violence against women and girls

The government has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence to inform a new strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

The survey will be carried out in partnership with third sector organisations so that victims and survivors are fully supported when speaking about their experiences. This will be anonymous, enabling respondents to provide as much information as they are comfortable with. During the consultation, which closes on 19 February 2021, the government will also seek the views of organisations who directly support victims and survivors, such as frontline professionals and academics.

As well as the public survey, the Home Office will set up focused discussions with a range of representatives from charities directly engaging with victims to gather their views. The survey will provide the fine detail of the lived experiences, while the focus groups will inform with more strategic or structural issues.

Statistics show that there were estimated 2.3 million victims of domestic abuse in the last year and it costs society an estimated £71 billion. Domestic homicides count for around one in five of all homicides and the government is aiming to reduce homicide overall.

The Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy will be published early next year, with the Domestic Abuse Strategy due to follow once the Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent.

For more information, click here. For the Call for Evidence itself, click here.