Woman and her young child on the cover page of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Joint Strategy.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Joint Strategy

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Joint Strategy

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: a Joint Strategy 2019 – 2024

Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls: a Joint Strategy 2019-2024

Violence against women includes a wide range of areas including domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, female genital mutilation, trafficking, and so called “honour” based violence. The stark reality is that women are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than men, which contrasts with all other types of violent crime when men are more likely to be victims. During 2022/23 there were 32,315 reported incidents of domestic abuse in South Wales.

With Partners and the Chief Constable, we have recently developed the Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls: a Joint Strategy 2019-2024

VAWG is highlighted as a priority in the South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy which focuses on 4 main areas:

  • Enhanced Collaboration
  • Prevention & Early Intervention
  • Safeguarding
  • Perpetrators

What about violence against men?

We know that men and boys can also be affected by this type of abuse and are also victims of violence. We will ensure that the police continue to offer the best possible service and support to male victims. However, women are known to be disproportionately affected in terms of the number and seriousness of incidents and this is why we are focusing on violence against women and girls.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales says that nearly one in three women will have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime and nearly one in five women will have experienced some form of sexual violence.

 

Victim Services Additional Funding from 2021 – 2025.

The Ministry of Justice announced an additional £12 million to fund Independent Domestic Violence Advocates and Sexual Violence Advocated and Community Based Services from April 1st 2021 to 31st March 2025. We were successful in obtaining additional  funding for Independent Domestic/Sexual Violence Advocates who are in post across the South Wales region.  Our funding also works with many organisations to support victims and survivors of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV).

DRIVE

Drive works with high-harm perpetrators to reduce abuse and increase victim/survivor safety. It has been developed as part of a partnership between Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance in collaboration with MOPAC, Police & Crime Commissioners, local authorities, and service providers. Drive challenges the central narrative surrounding domestic abuse, asking “why doesn’t he stop” instead of “why doesn’t she leave”.  The Commissioner agreed to expand delivery across all 7 local authority areas in South Wales.

DRIVE continues to realise significant benefits, including victims reporting increased feelings of safety, coupled with a reduction in repeat offending by perpetrators, primarily due to the ability of agencies to work together in both supportive and disruption interventions.

Annual figures from each region (April 2022-March 2023)

Region Perpetrators Impacted Victims Impacted Children and Young People Impacted
Cardiff and the Vale 126 139 235
Bridgend 137 147 265
Western Bay 99 104 235
Total across all 362 390 735

Our Team

Paula Bills – Strategic Lead

Megan Stevens – Senior Policy Officer

Hannah Evans-Price – Policy Officer

Naomi Evans – Policy Officer

Natasha Hankey – Project and Policy Support Officer