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Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2018-2021


  • A wide-ranging programme to improve safety in public spaces at all times of day and night including a new Women's Night Safety Charter, partnership to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network and a new campaign to tackle attitudes of everyday sexism and misogyny

  • Working with partners across London to gain accreditation to the UN Women's Safer Cities and Safe Public Spaces initiative

  • Work to encourage positive attitudes, behaviours and healthy relationships amongst children and young people with specialist advocates in schools and pupil referral units, Safer Schools Officers and a whole school prevention pilot in Croydon

  • Supporting a Good Work Standard to address the #MeToo phenomenon and ensure abuse is not tolerated in the workplace

Tackling perpetrators

  • Working with police and criminal justice partners to ensure the most effective handling of dangerous individuals including over £3m to expand the rehabilitative Drive project which provides additional support to help reform the behaviour of perpetrators

  • New measures to tackle stalking

  • Calling on the Government to create a register for perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence, and for tougher sentences for image-based offenses such as 'upskirting' and 'revenge porn'

Protection and support for victims

  • £200,000 to support the London Councils Harmful Practices programme - training nurses, midwives and social workers to recognise abuses such as FGM and intervene

  • A complete review of adherence to the Victims' Code of Practice, a new online portal for victims of crime, and a study into rape cases from a victim's perspective

  • Significant investment in general and specialist services for victims including £13m for sexual violence services, £5m for Domestic Violence services, and over £9m for services in London's boroughs

The Strategy was informed by a major consultation exercise which included:

  • Consultation with survivors - 15 focus groups with 133 survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 19 one-to-one interviews and an online survey with 90 respondents.
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