Our plan for ending Violence against Women and Girls
- What do we know about Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Haringey?
- Who drives the work to end violence against women and girls in Haringey?
- What actions are we taking to ending violence against women and girls in Haringey?
While we know that violence against women and girls is a major problem in Haringey, it is difficult to get detailed information on how many women and girls this affects each year as there is underreporting and many victims/survivors do not come to the attention of services.
However, we do know that:
- In the rolling year from April 2015 to March 2016: Haringey had the fifth highest rate of recorded domestic abuse in London (22 recorded incidents per 1,000 population). There were 2,787 domestic abuse incidents, a 21% increase on the previous 12 months. 592 sexual offences were recorded, which is nearly a 10% increase in sexual offences from the previous 12 month period
- Of all contacts to Children and Young People Services in Haringey, 70-80% involve domestic abuse
- More than 1 in 5 women have been subject to stalking or harassment at some point in their lives. This means that 5,000 women in Haringey will have been stalked/harassed
- An estimated 3,500 women and girls are affected by female genital mutilation in Haringey, with 115 victims/survivors reported between April 2015 and March 2016
- There are high but hidden levels of forced marriage and crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’
- The Everyday Sexism campaign, which was set up to catalogue the experiences of women being sexually harassed on a regular basis has received over 100,000 submissions since it started in April 2012
The council’s response to violence against women and girls is located within Public Health, with strong links to the Community Safety Team. The Cabinet Member for Communities is responsible for this portfolio of work. The Strategic Lead provides regular briefings to the Cabinet Member for Communities in conjunction with the Director of Public Health and Head of Community Safety and Regulatory Services.
The Violence Against Women and Girls Strategic Group has corporate responsibility for this work, which is monitored by the Community Safety Partnership and Priority Board Three. The Strategic Group is a director level group and is chaired by the Director of Public Health. The group is responsible for leading and supporting the implementation of the coordinated community response (to violence against women and girls in Haringey), through the strategic coordination of commissioning of violence against women and girls services, partnership working and receiving assurances that effective and appropriate organisational responses are in place. Any work, projects or commissioning activity conducted on violence against women and girls in Haringey will be overseen, agreed and informed by the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategic Group. A Violence Against Women and Girls Advisory Board was also created which links into the Strategic Group and is comprised of directors of specialist services working in Haringey and across London.
The governance arrangements also include several subgroups to support the work of the Strategic Group.
- Violence Against Women and Girls Commissioning Group
- Domestic Violence Disclosure Right To Know Scheme multi agency decision group – sub group of the MARAC meeting for focused case discussions on how disclosures will be managed
- Specialist DV Court Steering Group
- Harmful Practices Group
- Training Task and Finish Group
- White Ribbon Task and Finish Group
The violence against women and girls governance and meeting structure (PDF, 44KB) is also informed and supported by task and finish groups for specific work activities. The need for additional task and finish groups will be discussed and authorised by the Strategic Group.
Our strategy covers 4 main priorities:
- Priority 1: Developing a Coordinated Community Response
- Priority 2: Prevention
- Priority 3: Support for victim/survivors
- Priority 4: Holding perpetrators accountable
The Strategy will enable:
- all partners to be clear about our agreed priorities for the next 10 years and embed these within their own organisations and strategic plans, including joint plans
- all residents to understand and feel able to contribute towards making Haringey a safer and healthier place for all
- victims/survivors to feel supported to seek help and empowered to lead safe lives, free from abuse
- perpetrators to know that their behaviour will not be tolerated and where they can seek support for abusive behaviour
This strategy has been developed in partnership with a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations from across Haringey. We have utilised existing evidence around ‘what works’ in addressing and preventing violence against women and girls.
A 3 year action plan is currently being developed and will be available shortly.
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