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Tackling violence is an operational priority, including crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is defined by the Home Office as:
'Referring to acts of violence or abuse that we know disproportionately affect women and girls. Crimes and behaviour covered by this term include
While we use the term ‘violence against women and girls’, throughout this Strategy, this refers to all victims of any of these offences.'
In 2022 the College of Policing will review this definition so it is more explicit about the inclusion of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Kent Police is committed to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls. Our approach is robust and we actively pursue violent perpetrators and want women and girls living in our communities to feel safe. Our plan is consistent with the new National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Policing violence against women and girls national framework delivery which launched 15 December 2021. We have been, and will continue, to work closely with Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth, national lead for VAWG to deliver on the framework.
The resources below will help you to understand more about what VAWG is and how we are tackling it at Kent Police and you will find more help, advice and information on organisations that can help and support you or someone you know.
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