Event Summary

Over half a million Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) related crimes were reported between October 2021 and March 2022, representing at least 16% of all recorded crime.* This includes harm caused to victims and society by VAWG in all forms, including harassment, stalking, rape, sexual assault, murder, so-called honour-based abuse (SCHBA), and coercive control.

Join Westminster Insight’s timely Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Digital Conference to gain the latest insight from senior leaders, best-practice organisations and survivors. Gain the latest policy insights from our conference chair, Baroness Helena Ann Kennedy KC, Chair, Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland Working Group and keynote speaker, Baroness Bertin, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence and Abuse.

We will learn how VAWG can be placed on the same footing as terrorism and serious organised crime with Chief Superintendent Sam Millar QGM, Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator at the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Taking a multi-agency approach, understand how we can improve support for victims and survivors across all safeguarding partners. PCC Caroline Henry, Joint Victims’ Lead at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) will highlight how to improve communication between the police and victims. Spotlighting so-called honour-based abuse and forced marriage (SBHBA), you will learn how you to take a culturally sensitive approach to meet victim’s needs.

Hear Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal, National Lead for Honour Based Abuse at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), discuss bringing perpetrators to justice, updates to sentencing and working with the CPS.

We will explore the prevention of VAWG with Anthea Sully, CEO of White Ribbon. Take inspiration from effective offender programs, putting an end to generational cycles of domestic and sexual abuse. Get the latest best-practice for creating safer public spaces for women and encouraging boys and men to become active bystanders against VAWG.

With the sharp increase in online misogyny across recent years, and the complexity of dealing with online VAWG-related crimes such as image-based sexual abuse (IBSA), we will learn how to tackle and prevent these crimes. Understand the recent changes in the law designed to make it more straightforward to charge and convict offenders. Understand the impacts of the Online Safety Bill on this type of VAWG, and gain insight from lived experience.

Join us to learn and network with colleagues from across policing, criminal justice, housing, health, local authorities and the third sector to discuss how we can prevent, tackle, and ultimately end VAWG.

*National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), March 2023

Key Points

  • Get the latest progress and next steps in policy and funding related to VAWG
  • Taking a multi-agency approach to support victims and early intervention
  • Learning from lived experience
  • Understand how to appropriately address So-Called Honour-Based Abuse (SBHBA)
  • Tackling the rise in online misogyny and image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) and taking steps to prosecute offenders
  • Restoring public confidence and trust in the police
  • Bringing perpetrators to justice: Working with the CPS to improve conviction rates
  • Making public spaces safer for women
  • Using effective offender programmes to end generational cycles of abuse