About the VAW Working Group PDF Print E-mail

The WNC Violence Against Women Working Group was established following recommendations made by the WNC’s Future Female Conference held in December 2000. The Conference identified the need to develop a cohesive, powerful and more effective voice to Government on action needed to address violence against women. This Working Group was established to do this. The VAW Working group has been chaired, since 2005, by WNC Commissioner Liz Kelly.  

The Working Group’s current terms of reference are:           

  1. To promote understanding and awareness of violence against women and effect changes in laws, policy and practice.
  2. To monitor implementation of Government Action Plans.
  3. To co-ordinate WNC member views on violence against women and to ensure that these views are represented to policy-makers.
  4. To liaise with other WNC Groups on relevant aspects of work.
  5. To produce reports in response to national and international developments.
  6. To liaise with Government departments, other non-departmental public bodies, and relevant NGO policy working groups.

WNC Violence Against Women Working Group membership is self-selecting, drawn from across Nations, Regions and diversity strands and members must fulfil one or more of the following criteria: 

  • key specialist women’s organisations working in the field of VAW, with extensive national networks and/or strategic position;
  • representatives from other women’s NGOs with policy experience in this work, with extensive national networks;
  • women academics and activists with a track record of working on VAW;
  • WNC Directorate staff.  

WNC Violence Against Women Working Group has two sub-groups to deliver on the broader Working Group terms of reference and objectives: 

  • a Domestic Violence Action Sub-Group, and 
  • a Sexual Violence Policy Monitoring Sub-Group. 

The Domestic Violence Action Sub-Group

Purpose: This Sub-Group monitors Government policy on domestic violence and engages with policy makers to help inform policy. The Group is made up of service providers and academics and liaises closely with officials on all aspects of domestic violence, forced marriage and so-called 'honour-based violence'. 

Chair: The Group is co-chaired by Nicola Harwin Chief Executive of Women's Aid Federation of England and Hannana Siddiqui Joint Co-ordinator of Southall Black Sisters.

Members: The Group includes representatives from Women's Aid in England, Wales and Scotland, Respect, Southall Black Sisters, Imkaan, University of Bristol Violence Against Women Research Unit, and Greater London Domestic Violence Project.

Work: The Group has focussed on issues such as:  

  • Supporting People Programme
  • Access to Community Legal Services Funding
  • Domestic Violence Delivery Plan and Violent Crime Action Plan   
  • Home Affairs Select Committee reports
  • The Crown Prosecution Service’s VAW Strategy
  • The Minister for Women’s Priorities
  • Domestic violence sector funding and Local Area Agreements,
  • National Service Standards.   

The Sexual Violence Policy Monitoring Sub-Group

Purpose: This Sub-Group monitors Government policy on sexual violence and engages with policy makers to help inform policy. The Group is also made up of service providers and academics and liaises closely with officials on all aspects of sexual violence including trafficking and FGM.

Chair: The Group is chaired by Professor Liz Kelly. 

Members: The group includes representatives from organisations such as the Poppy Project, Eaves Housing for Women, Haven, Rape Crisis England and Wales and the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit. 

Work: The group have focussed on issues such as:  

  • Victims’ Fund
  • The Olympics
  • The Crown Prosecution Service’s VAW Strategy
  • The Minister for Women’s Priorities
  • The Home Office Violent Crime Action Plan,
  • Sexual Violence Sector funding,
  • National Service Standards, and
  • Public Service Agreements (PSAs ).  
 
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