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Foreword


I am pleased to welcome you to the Spring 2019 edition of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) newsletter. We are delighted to be publishing the newsletter following the publication of our draft Domestic Abuse Bill, and the accompanying package of non-legislative action in January, and, our refreshed VAWG Strategy and Male Victims Statement in March.


We set out proposals for this landmark Bill on 21 January, together with a package of practical non-legislative action. We consulted on these, seeking views from victims and survivors, support organisations and frontline professionals, to harness their knowledge and expertise. I know that many of you responded to the consultation and provided much useful and cogent feedback which helped us clarify our thinking.


Particular thanks must go to victims and survivors themselves who shared their stories in the hope that we can improve our response and prevent domestic abuse from continuing.  Having considered these responses, we are committed to delivering on the measures set out in the Queen’s speech. We are taking forward our draft Domestic Abuse Bill to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about this insidious crime.


We also remain dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women and girls, and our 2016 – 2020 VAWG strategy set out our ambition to protect women and girls from violence, support victims, and provide leadership at a national and international level on ending these forms of abuse. But much has changed since we published our Strategy in 2016, and we have gone much further and faster than ever before.


Therefore, we published our refreshed VAWG Strategy which sets out achievements made to date as well as setting out new action to tackle these crimes, in line with our 2016 vision. We are also publishing a position paper on male victims of crimes that are considered as part of VAWG, to reaffirm our commitment to male victims, our 2016 Ending VAWG Strategy still remains the primary document that sets out our strategic vision for tackling VAWG, and both documents should be read together.


I want to stress to you that our commitment as Government to reduce VAWG and deliver real improvements to the lives of victims and survivors is not something that can be delivered without the efforts of voluntary and community sector organisations.


I would like to thank you for all the hard work that you do, up and down the country, day after day on behalf of victims and survivors.
If you have any queries on the Government’s work to reduce Violence Against Women and Girls, please email us at

[email protected]
Krisz Katona,
Head of Public Protection Unit.