The Cleveland Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Network represents a partnership of Voluntary Sector providers of VAWG services in Cleveland committed to the following principles;
- Sustaining and creating the provision of services to tackle all forms of VAWG
- Advocating for collaboration, solidairty and non-competitive processes and cultures
- Providing strategic lead and advice on the needs, health and well-being of women across Teesside
- Campaigning and awareness raising on issues that adversely affect women
- Understanding and applying intersectionality as central to the persuit of social justice and equality
- Make recommendations, and influence strategy and policy through systems such as the Police and Crime plan, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and other strategic plans
The PCC previously provided six months-worth of funding (decision reference 35-2014) for the cost of a dedicated network co-ordinator in order to keep the group cohesive and relevant.
Since this time the Network has played a key role in bringing the voluntary sector services together; avoiding duplication; improving the cost effectiveness of services by sharing facilities, through the sharing of skills and knowledge, and co-working in areas where appropriate and efficacious to do so.
The co-ordination role within the Network is essential in co-ordinating activites between victims, providers and statutory services to enable a joined up and well informed approach to meeting victims needs in Cleveland.