Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is the umbrella term used to describe a range of violent and abusive acts and behaviours including:
- domestic violence and abuse (including coercive control)
- sexual violence including rape
- sexual harassment
- so called ‘honour’- based violence (HBV)
- forced marriage
- faith-based abuse
- female genital mutilation (FGM) or cutting
- prostitution and human trafficking
These types of abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. However, we know that it disproportionately affects women and girls.
If you are experiencing any form of abuse, it is important to remember that it is not your fault, and that support is available.
Have your say on our new strategy
We are developing a new strategy for ending violence against women and girls across Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. To help make sure we get it right, we want to hear from you about your experiences and what you think is a priority for tackling violence.
Our 5 year strategy will set out our collective approach to ending violence against women and girls and our priorities to make our boroughs safe for anyone living, studying, working or travelling here.
Whatever your gender, whether you have experienced abuse or not, we want to hear your views.