An innovative Lambeth Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Summit has taken place as part of a drive by Lambeth Council and its partners to tackle this vital issue and move this agenda forward at a local borough level.
The project builds on Lambeth’s coordinated community response to domestic violence and responds to the Government’s publication “Together we can end violence against women and girls” and the Mayor of London’s strategy “The way forward-a call for action to end violence against women and girls”.
Lambeth and partners have carried out a pilot research project focusing on the wider violence against women and girls agenda. This research has allowed Lambeth to build a more accurate evidence base in relation to the scale of in the borough, to identify gaps in service provision and highlight good practice.
The research culminated in a Lambeth Violence Against Women and Girls Summit attended by over eighty delegates. The summit was chaired by Ian Jackson, Director of Lambeth First.
The summit examined the national agenda and key presentations were delivered by the Home Office, the Department of Health and the Women’s Resource Centre.
Delegates then focused on how Lambeth can drive the agenda forward at a local level. Jo Cleary, Executive Director, Lambeth Adults’ and Community Services, John Corrigan, Detective Superintendent, Lambeth Borough Police and Andrew Wyatt, Assistant Director, Lambeth Children and Young People’s Services all spoke on the importance of working together to develop and implement a Lambeth Violence Against Women and Girls action plan.
The afternoon of the conference concentrated on workshops led by Violence Against Women and Girls specialists such as Forward, the Forced Marriage Unit and the Poppy Project.
“Violence to women and girls is not acceptable. We must work together in partnership to strengthen our efforts to combat such violence. It was wonderful to get such a representative and large turn-out at the Summit ” said Jo Cleary.