Foreword To The VAWG Strategy
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) affects us all. Whilst this may not be clear from the title, VAWG is part of daily life, and those affected have no choice in their involvement. But everyone should be concerned by this because the type of abuse VAWG encompasses can victimise anyone, irrespective of sex, gender identity, age, race or ethnicity, religion or faith, or ability. VAWG affects more people than is understood and tackling this issue is everyone’s business – not just an issue for women and girls.
We know that VAWG doesn’t occur in a vacuum and begins with a belief that some people are less worthy than others and that it is acceptable to treat them as such. We urgently need to change this narrative. Only by challenging misogyny and sexism, and by reporting abuse, can we tackle the root cause of violence against women and girls and ensure Bexley is a safe place for everyone. We must stop accepting acts of gendered violence as the norm; we must increase the awareness and confidence of those affected to ensure both victims and witnesses have the skills and resilience to challenge and report VAWG, and we must ensure that the message to perpetrators is clear: that their behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated.