The views of women and girls across our bay are being sought to help shape government strategy to tackle violence and abuse.
The Government is updating the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence in order to ensure those who have lived experiences of abuse and violence, and the views of members of the public are at the heart of plans to stop these harmful crimes. The Call to Evidence runs until February 19.
The government has already taken a number of important steps in this area, including strengthening the law on crimes such as stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, but there is more to do.
There have already been many responses, shining a sobering light on the prevalence of gender-based violence in our society. But this information is also absolutely invaluable in shaping the most effective policy to fight the scourge of Violence Against Women and Girls.
Local MP and Home Office Minister Kevin Foster is urging those who have experiences or views to come forward in the final few weeks of the government’s Call for Evidence, and to take part in the anonymous survey.
This not only includes frontline professionals and academics, victims and survivors, but their families and friends and residents who have been indirectly affected.
You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey.
Commenting, Kevin said: “It takes a lot of courage for those who have experienced violence and abuse to come forward, but the information they can provide is vital in tackling acts of gender-based violence. With one month to go until the Call for Evidence closes, I hope those across the bay who have been affected will provide the views and experiences needed to shape an effective strategy for the future.”