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Government launches strategy for tackling violence against women and girls

The Home Office has published the government's new strategy to ensure women and girls are safe 'at home, online and on the streets'.

The strategy sets out an ambition to increase support for victims and survivors, increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice and to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls in the long-term.

The announced actions and commitments are intended to support action being taken to improve the criminal justice response to rape, toughen sentences and protection for victims through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Following the death of Sarah Everard in March and the public response to it, the Home Secretary reopened the government's call for evidence on tackling crimes that, the Home Office says, disproportionately affect women. The Home Office received 160,000 further responses over two weeks, taking the total to over 180,000 responses. These, it says, have helped determine the new strategy.

While the strategy is focusing on long term change, the government is also taking immediate steps to improve safety for women and girls, focusing on practical action to bolster physical safety in public spaces. This includes:

For more details of the new strategy, click here. For the strategy document itself, click here.