Our new Violence Against Women and Girls, and Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence strategies

Our new Violence Against Women and Girls, and Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence strategies

16 December 2022

Our decision to develop a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy alongside our Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) strategy reflects the National Government dual strategy approach. This is to ensure that all forms of VAWG are reflected, and we do all that we can to eradicate male violence against women.

The United Nations Declaration (1993) on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines VAWG 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 private life.”

The dual strategy approach enables us to take a more proactive approach to tackling issues, particularly with regard to extending prevention.

The two strategies will not be delivered in isolation, and we do not consider these to be separate issues, nor are we choosing to prioritise one above the other. We know that domestic abuse is a gendered crime in that it can happen and does happen to anyone of any gender, but it is primarily experienced by women. Power and inequality are inextricably linked.

Our DASV strategy presents a gender-informed approach and includes how we support and prevent abuse in same-sex relationships as well as in heterosexual relationships, for both women and girls, and men and boys.

Our online consultation; we will also be consulting via focus groups with partners and people who have been impacted by VAWG and DASV in Cornwall.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy

This new strategy brings together Safer Cornwall (Cornwall’s Community Safety Partnership); Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership; and Cornwall’s Safeguarding Adults Board. It is the first cross partnership DASV strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, bringing together the key organisations
who play a role in making our county a place where domestic abuse and sexual abuse is not tolerated.

CIoS Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy

Violence against Women and Girls Strategy

This strategy brings together the three statutory boards in Cornwall with the responsibility for
community safety and safeguarding adults and children, and all of the Organisations that are
represented through these Boards, to develop a shared vision and understanding to end VAWG. This
strategy and its delivery plan are co-owned by all three boards and there is a joint commitment to its
implementation.

Violence against Women and Girls Strategy (2362 downloads )

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