Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger is hosting a stakeholder consultation event along with other front line professionals towards shaping a strategy and long-term outcomes in relation to violence against women and girls in the North East.
Other leading authorities invited to the event include the Local Authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinators, Local Community Safety Partnership Leads and Local Health and Well-being Leads.
This is a partnership project between the Police and Crime Commissioners in Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria, NEWomen’s Network and Northern Rock Foundation.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The project is supporting the women’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) to have a direct input into the 5-point plan* and determine the long-term outcomes in relation to tackling the culture of violence against women and girls, maintaining specialist services, units and networks and will decide the best method of delivering specialist training to police officers and those involved in commissioning and piloting a preventative policing project.”
Sue Robson of the NEWomen’s Network will provide an overview of the project and give a presentation identifying the strategic priorities for tackling VAWG. She added: “The response to the project so far has been extremely encouraging; eleven focus group events have taken place across the North East focusing upon different aspects of VAWG and involving a total of 105 managers and practitioners from sixty-two women’s voluntary organisations and other specialist VAWG services.”
To ensure a broad range of woman have a voice on such an important issue - an online questionnaire is being developed to be widely disseminated to gain a broad spectrum of views on what should be included in the objectives of the project. There will also be local consultations to capture as much detail as possible to ensure the views of all women are considered, including VAWG service users and survivors themselves.
Posted on Thursday 13th June 2013