An annual event was held today [Friday, 4 December] to mark the second anniversary of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy.
The strategy sets out a number of actions which agencies across the region are carrying out to tackle a range of issues around violence and abuse affecting women and girls.
It was launched in 2013 by Police and Crime Commissioners Barry Coppinger, Ron Hogg and Vera Baird.
This Fridays’ event in Cleveland included presentations on human trafficking and female genital mutilation amongst other topics.
Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham said: "I am pleased with the great progress made towards all the priorities in the strategy. I want to thank all those involved for transforming the actions from paper into practice.
“I remain committed in ensuring that tackling violence against women and girls is everyone’s business and we will continue our journey to work hard together to eradicate domestic abuse and encourage victims to come forward, and not suffer in silence."
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “I am delighted to host this year’s event, two years on from the launch of the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
“I believe that we have come a long way since the strategy was launched in 2013 and by continuing to work closely with our partners and support agencies we will move further forward in our journey to eradicate domestic abuse and to encourage victims to report incidents like this to police. I look forward to continuing this excellent work in the future and I am very proud that the north east is leading the way in this type of work.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “When we launched the strategy our goal was to make help more available so that whenever or wherever a victim or survivor feels able to seek help, there is someone in her immediate surroundings, fully-trained to handle the disclosure and assist her route to safety.
“Two years on and we are well and truly on track and making a difference. Through initiatives like our workplace policy, rape scrutiny panels and multi-agency safe-guarding hub, we’re step by step realising the priorities we set out to achieve. We’re also working hard to maximise recent developments including the new coercive control legislation and the offence of failing to protect a girl from FGM.
“That said, there remains much more to be done and our anniversary is a time to turn to the future, review and refresh the strategy and strengthen our work to end the evil of violence against women and girls.”
Posted on Friday 4th December 2015