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PSA President responds to publication of national policing framework to tackle violence against women and girls

PSA President Paul Fotheringham has commented following the publication of a new framework developed by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing, setting out how they will measure the impact of the new policing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) framework published in December 2021, which requires all police forces to take action to improve how they tackle VAWG.

Paul comments: “We welcome this positive approach to addressing violence against women and girls.

“This is an extremely harmful part of our society that must be tackled collectively. We have never previously had access to the kind of data this framework seeks to collate, and it will be hugely influential in helping us understand the issues at play within our workforces and our communities so that we can develop and enhance our response.

“As senior operational leaders, our members will be integral to the development of localised force actions plans. We will be doing all we can to support them, whilst also providing feedback and insight to national leads overseeing this work.  We look forward to hosting a bespoke Violence against women and girls CPD event for our members with the College of Policing, featuring a presentation from DCC Maggie Blyth later this month.

“It’s crucial that whilst we integrate consistency and accountability across our response to violence against women and girls, we support the officers and staff who are working extremely hard to create safer communities.”

The full framework can be viewed here.