Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a key issue in the UK that affects 3 million women each year, with many more women living with past experiences of abuse. VAWG includes domestic violence, rape and sexual violence,  sexual harrassment, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, crime in the name of honour, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Government work on VAWG

The recently established Pan London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium has a current membership of 22 organisations.

WRC has facilitated the development of this unique collaboration over the past two years, in order to strengthen the sector, share expertise and learning and ensure the diverse needs of survivors of all forms of violence are met with a holistic and high quality provision. The Consortium includes organisations working in the area of prevention and with male perpetrators and survivors.

The success of the consortium lies in the absolute commitment of all the members to achieve progress and to work together.

The consortium is a sector led response to the reduction in funding for our work, an increase in competitive tendering which threatens the survival of organisations specialisms, and the need to ensure survivors receive the best service possible.

The consortium’s model of partnership working is unique having been developed over two years and embeds feminist anti racist principles and ethos, because HOW and WHO delivers services is as important as the service itself.

WRC and Women and Girls Network have produced a set of Good Practice Briefings for front line workers in the field of violence against women and girls. The majority of the briefings are based on the Professional Exchange Seminars delivered as part of the Sharing Our Strengths project, funded by London Councils, which brought together practitioners to discuss and explore issues relating to best practice around violence against women and girls.

Working in partnership

Developing individual donors

Honour based violence

Young women and violence

VAWG Minimum Standards

With Rape Crisis England and Wales, Women’s Aid and AVA, WRC has created a Minimum Standards document in order to guarantee that services offered to those affected by VAWG follow good practice and agreed principles in service provision.
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VAWG research

For more information on VAWG click here.