It’s a painful reality that violence and abuse against women and girls continues to be a problem in some parts of society.
I’m glad the Government is updating our Violence Against Women and Girls strategy to make sure we’re doing everything we can to end these crimes.
The Government has already taken a number of steps in this area, including strengthening the law on crimes such as stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, but there is more to do.
A call for evidence has been launched to ensure that those who have lived experiences of abuse and violence are at the heart of our strategy.
In addition to those with lived experiences of these issues, the Government is also seeking the views of those with expertise in working with victims and survivors, those involved in preventative activity, and those involved in providing services. This includes those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.
Everyone aged 16 or over is welcome to contribute to the call for evidence, and I strongly encourage people in Faversham and Mid Kent to take part.
You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the anonymous public survey. The survey is open until 19 February.