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Please be aware that, following the sad case of Sarah Everard, the Home Office has re-opened and extended the consultation period on violence against women and girls to allow more people to share their views and personal experiences.  Responses will help to shape Home Office strategy – please see how to access the survey in the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homeoffice/vawg-be-heard

Information on the consultation is as follows:

This call for evidence has been reopened to reflect the recent public discussion about Violence Against Women and Girls to provide an additional opportunity to feed into the consultation.

We are seeking your views to help inform the development of the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. We are particularly keen to hear from people who may feel underrepresented in previous strategies or who feel their circumstances were not supported by existing services.

In addition to those with lived experiences of these issues, we are also seeking the views of those with expertise in working with victims and survivors, those involved in preventative activity, and those involved in providing services. This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

Everyone aged 16 or over is welcome to contribute to the call for evidence, you do not have to have experienced violence or abuse to take part.

The call for evidence is also available in British Sign Language.

You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey.

The survey is also available in an Easy Read survey below and responses can be provided to VAWGStrategy2021@homeoffice.gov.uk

We also welcome additional submissions from academics and others who have interest and expertise in violence against women and girls. Written submissions can include the contribution of published data, research, and other reports of relevance to violence against women and girls. Further information on how to provide a written submission is available in the attachment ‘Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy 2021-2024: call for evidence’.

We would like to advise you that the closing date is Friday 26th March 2021 and would like you to share this with your members, coordinators and communication networks.