Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
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In September 2014, Haringey Council formally agreed to adopt the terminology of “Violence Against Women and Girls”. This is in line with the Government’s Ending violence against women and girls strategy: 2016 to 2020 (external link) and the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC's) updated Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (2013-2017) (external link).
We have adopted the United Nations Declaration (1993) on the elimination of violence against women, in which Article 1 defines violence against women and girls as:
“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life"
It includes the following types of abuse and crimes. Click on the links below for more information:
- Sexual violence, abuse and exploitation (external link)
- Sexual harassment and bullying (external link)
- Stalking (external link)
- Trafficking (external link)
- Domestic violence and abuse (external link)
- Coercive and Controlling behaviour (external link)
- Female genital mutilation (external link)
- Forced marriage (external link)
- Crimes committed in the name of “honour” (so called ‘honour based violence') (external link)
What does VAWG mean for Men and Boys?
The term violence against women and girls can often cause concern about the exclusion of men and boys from services and a lack of recognition that men and boys can also experience these forms of violence and abuse. The UN Declaration is based on the concept of disproportionate impact. We understand the gendered nature of these types of abuse and crimes, and also that men and boys are sometimes victims of these types of abuse and crimes.
It is important that men and boys are included in all aspects of our work on all forms of violence against women and girls (particularly work on prevention and awareness raising). We are committed to ensuring that any victim will receive a sensitive and appropriate response, according to their needs.
To find out more about our response to supporting men and boys, please read the following briefing:
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