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Taskforce launched to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

From the 10th of October an independent taskforce has been launched to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Jersey, under the direction of the Home Affairs Minister. VAWG is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

In order to inform and best shape the island’s strategy to target these types of crimes and behaviours, the taskforce has issued a call for evidence to find out more about VAWG in Jersey. There are three different ways to engage with the call for evidence, so that Islanders can participate in the way that suits them best: an online survey, Share Your Story – testimony submission, and an online safety heatmap.

The first survey, found here, invites all Islanders to contribute their views and opinions on VAWG in Jersey; respondents do not need to have any direct experience themselves.

Share Your Story – testimony submission here is designed for anyone with experience of violence against women and girls. It provides an opportunity for people to share their experience in their own words and make their own recommendations for reform.

The online safety heatmap here allows Islanders to identify places that make them feel unsafe in Jersey, explain why and suggest what the Government can do to help.

The call for evidence will remain open until 10 December 2022 when the findings will then be analysed and a report containing recommendations for Government will be published by April 2023.

The taskforce will be conducting a separate piece of research with specialist support service providers, children and young people, and victims and survivors to discuss VAWG in more depth.

Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Helen Miles, said: “The launch of the taskforce is fundamental to our island’s progress in tackling all forms of violence against women and girls. I’m grateful to the members of the taskforce for their dedication to the cause and look forward to the findings that will shape a strategy to make a real difference to Islanders.”

Kate Wright, Independent Chair of the taskforce, added: “I’m proud to be the Chair of such an important group, an issue I am personally passionate about tackling, and believe we have a real opportunity to influence how future generations understand and experience this type of abuse. I would encourage all Islanders who are willing and able, to share their views and experience through the call for evidence. The taskforce has already met and we are all agreed that input from Islanders is fundamental to how successful we are at driving forward this important piece of work.”

Posted on 7th October 2022

by Government of Jersey