The London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium is made up of 29 organisations working in partnership to deliver comprehensive, cost effective, high quality services to all communities across London.
This innovative partnership strengthens referral pathways across organisations and identifies trends and emerging need.
What is VAWG?
Violence against women and girls is abuse that is targeted at women or girls because of their gender and it affects women and girls disproportionately. It is important that VAWG is not seen as a series of incidents or assaults which a woman or girl experiences, but as a pattern of violent or controlling behaviour that seeks to achieve power and control over them. VAWG has a very big impact on the physical safety, health and emotional well-being of individuals, and impacts on families, carers, children and the community as a whole. Abuse can happen to anyone regardless of economic status, gender, ethnicity, faith, sexuality or age.
Violence against women and girls is both a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. The United Nations Declaration on Elimination of Violence against Women defines violence against women as:
Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women [or girls], including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
Violence against women shall be understood to encompass, but not be limited to, the following:
Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation;
Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general community, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking in women and forced prostitution;
Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs.
The VAWG Consortium’s work is underpinned by the UN definition. By framing its work in this way, the VAWG Consortium is clear in its recognition of the multi-faceted and complex nature of VAWG and that it cannot be addressed by any one agency alone.
The Consortium’s Model of Delivery
The VAWG Consortium partnership continues to recognise and take into account that its model of delivery must include the following:
An integrated and intersectional approach to VAWG to ensure the needs of women from all communities and diverse groups can access the help and support they need when they need it
A clear strategic focus on ending all forms of VAWG
Work to ensure the provision of independent, specialist and dedicated services run by women and for women