Decision details

Lambeth Made Safer Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2021-27

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To adopt the new VAWG Strategy which outlines our commitment as a partnership to a six-year vision for tackling all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls. The Strategy is our third iteration in ten years and outlines our vision, goals, and commitments to work together and with our residents and communities to prevent and respond to all forms of VAWG so Lambeth is a borough where everyone is safe.

Decisions:

The Leader, Councillor Claire Holland highlighted the recent tragedies of four young women who had lost their lives at the hands of violence; and that the proposed Strategy set out a vision for a safer Lambeth for all.

The report was introduced by Deputy Leader (Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety) Councillor Jacqui Dyer who highlighted that:

  • This would be the Council’s third Strategy relating to Violence against Women and Girls
  • 5 women in Lambeth had lost their lives to violence
  • 80 women had been killed by men since the murder of Sarah Everard
  • The Strategy proposed a vision for Lambeth as a safe Borough for all, and a framework by which the Council aimed to achieve this
  • All types of violence (domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, violence, stalking, harassment) and too often hidden and/or unreported
  • The Strategy initiated the VAWG Strategy Partnership Board which would be responsible for turning the Strategy into an Action Plan to be launched on 25 November – the International Day for Violence Against Women. This was to be published alongside the Strategy and renewed annually

 

Councillor Nicole Griffiths, speaking on behalf of the Green Group, expressed their commendations for this Strategy, and raised a number of questions surrounding:

  • The involvement with wider London
  • On-going work with the Police regarding the role of the Borough Commander and ensuring these ideals are incorporated into Officer training
  • The use of support forums for victims
  • Advertisement of available help and whether these are accessible to all.

 

In response to some of the questions and comments, Deputy Leader Councillor Jacqui Dyer explained that:

·         The Action Plan was being updated and any recommendations would be incorporated into the work on the Action Plan

·         The Council was working closely with the Borough Commander and Met Police, and significant developments were underway, including the roll-out of Domestic Abuse Matters training to Police Officers

·         Work was underway to resource and utilise existing forums, of which residents were a key central voice. The delivery of these was seen as a priority

·         The Communications team has been working with residents and experts to develop their strategy around support, including language, in order to create an animation that is accessible and inclusive. 

Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:

  1. To adopt the new Lambeth Made Safer VAWG Strategy, attached at Appendix C, which outlines the Council’s commitment as a partnership to a six-year vision for tackling all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls in Lambeth.

 

Report author: Rose Parker

Publication date: 08/10/2021

Date of decision: 04/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 04/10/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/10/2021

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