This section contains documents published by central government and local authorities setting out policy and public authority responses to violence against women and girls. This selection of UK policy documents sets out the non-legislative measures adopted by the UK Government in order to respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG). The documents include strategy papers published by the Home Office, the Mayor of London’s Office and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime sets out the minimum standards of service that victims of crime can expect. The Code was issued under s.32 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and implements relevant provisions of the EU Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, Directive 2011/92/EU combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and Directive 2011/36/EU preventing and combating the trafficking of human beings.

The CPS’s legal guidance on the implementation of the Victim’s Code can be accessed here.

This outlines the UK government strategy to eliminate violence against women and girls. It rests on four main pillars: prevention, provision of services, partnership working and pursuing perpetrators.

This Home Office documents set out the application of the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession (DDVC) which allows individuals with certain types of immigration status to access public funds when they would ordinarily be ineligible by virtue of their immigration status.

This guidance sets out CPS policy in relation to violence against women and girls.

This strategy and accompanying action plans set out the vision for developing CPS VAWG work in line with the wider CPS and cross-government VAWG Strategy Objectives.

This CPS document is intended to assist prosecutors dealing with violence against women and girls (VAWG) cases involving vulnerable victims.

The CPS publishes an annual VAWG crime report which covers child abuse; domestic abuse; forced marriage; harassment; honour-based violence; human trafficking; pornography; prostitution; and rape and sexual offences. The 2017-18 report can be downloaded below.

This Home Office guide emphasises the importance of conducting needs assessments in local areas and states that the approach to commissioning should be strongly framed in an equalities-based approach. The commissioning process should take into account the demographics of the local population and the guidance acknowledges the importance of specialist services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) women victims of violence.

This report is the third in a series of thematic reports evaluating the response provided to victims of domestic abuse by the police service. HMICFRS published its first report in this series in March 2014 after it was commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the police response to domestic violence and abuse.

In England, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have responsibility for commissioning the majority of local services to help and protect victims and survivors of violence. This report by Dame Vera Baird QC, PCC for Northumbria and APCC Portfolio Lead for Supporting Victims and Reducing Harm, highlights six projects undertaken by PCCs which are making a difference to the lives of women and girls affected by violence.

This is the first ever regional police strategy to tackle VAWG at the local level. The strategy was launched by the three regional Police and Crime Commissioners: Northumbria’s Dame Vera Baird, Cleveland’s Barry Coppinger and Durham’s Ron Hogg. It sets out a 20-point plan to provide support and protect women and girls who are victims of violence or abuse.

The London Mayor’s Office on Policing and Crime (MOPAC) published this strategy in 2018 setting out its commitment to tackling gender-based violence in the capital and detailing plans concerning the prevention and response to violence against women and girls.

This publication details the experiences and views of those affected by gender-based violence in London that were collated during a consultation that informed the Mayor’s Office on Policing and Crime (MOPAC) ending violence against women and girls strategy.


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