1 in every 3 women will be affected by Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in their lifetime. VAWG is defined 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, including threats of such acts, coercion, and arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” This includes, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, rape, trafficking, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and crimes committed in the name of honour.
It is never acceptable for anyone to cause you harm or suffering and there is help available for you. If you are worried about violence from your partner, ex-partner, family member, or anyone else, you can call 03000 120 213 for advice and support. If you are in immediate danger, always phone the police on 999.
In Haringey we are working towards a Coordinated Community Response to end Violence Against Women and Girls. We want to raise awareness about the issues affecting the women and girls in our communities and work together to challenge the mentalities and behaviours that make VAWG possible by training local VAWG Champions and identifying VAWG Safe Spaces and Community Initiatives where survivors can be supported.
If you as an individual or your local business or organisation want to find out more about how you can
get involved, please email VAWG@haringey.gov.uk