Violence against women and girls is a despicable crime that comes in many guises. As part of my campaign to make our streets safe again, I have been supporting the police and community groups who are working with victims of domestic abuse, rape and other sexual violence.
- Victim Support. My office funds the Victim First programme which provides emotional and practical help to victims of VAWG;
- Safer Streets. I dedicated hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve the safety of streets and parks where women had reported crimes such as stalking, assault and theft.
- Violence Reduction Network. I support and fund the work of the Violence Reduction Network, which targets perpetrators of VAWG to deter them from reoffending.
- Funding Women's Groups. I have ensured that my office targets funding at those groups which provide real benefits to women and girls who have been the victims of violence.
Photo shows me inspecting some of the high-tech equipment at Juniper Lodge that is used to gather evidence against men guilty of sexual violence.