Community safety delivery plan outline 2022 - 2023

Priority four: violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an umbrella term used to cover a wide range of abuses against women and girls such as domestic homicide, domestic abuse, sexual assault, abuse experienced as a child, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and harassment in work and public life. While men and boys also suffer from many of these forms of abuse, they disproportionately affect women.

VAWG in Lichfield District

While a proportion of violent offences experienced by women and girls in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are domestic-related, a considerable amount are not. In the 12 months to October 2021, while non-domestic violent offences with a victim of any sex saw no change on the previous year (+/- 0%), non-domestic violent offences with a female victim increased by around 7% in the same period.

Lichfield Response

The Community Safety Partnership will support Staffordshire Police’s Action plan around VAWG by focusing on the two areas of prevention and engagement/safety in public. This will include tackling all forms of discrimination, including that against women and girls and challenging language and behaviours to enact cultural change. We will consider the safety of women and girls when designing public spaces and activities.  

Actions we will take

  • Challenge attitudes and behaviours in relation to VAWG linked to the government’s ‘enough’ campaign.
  • Develop safer public spaces with the intention to reduce risk and reduce threatening male behaviour.  Use and promote the Streetsafe tool to identify problem areas
  • Work with public transport providers to understand awareness of VAWG and measures that can be put in place
  • Provide information and support for licensed premises around the potential for violence against women and girls and preventative measures
  • Work alongside Safer Streets and the Safer Nights initiatives
  • Assist in the development of targeted activities for girls at risk
  • Consider specific opportunities to engage with men and boys to be part of the solution to end violence against women and girls linked to the government’s ‘enough’ initiative

Outcomes

  • Greater community awareness of problematic behaviours and how to address them
  • Reduced risk to women and girls in public spaces
  • Improved safety for women and girls on public transport
  • Reduced risk to women in the night time economy
  • Reduced VAWG in public spaces and night time economy
  • Increased activity, improved mental health and reduced isolated of targeted girls
  • Increased awareness of the impact of behaviours and changes in behaviours