Violence against women and girls (VAWG)

Reporting back from the NHSE VAWG Conference 2022 – from NHSE London Safeguarding Team

On the 25th November. the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, NHSE London Safeguarding team, (in partnership with the Mayor of London), hosted a conference to kickstart 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The day was chaired by Susan Bookbinder, a national broadcaster and lifelong advocate against violence against women and girls.

The aim of the day was for delegates to be equipped with tools to support those they see who have suffered abuse and was divided into three sections.

Part 1 provided the national and London context, with speakers from the Home Office, The Mayor’s Office and NHSE London. An overview was provided regarding various legislations changes, including:

In Part 2, Laura Curer (Chair of the National NHS England Sexual Abuse and Assault Services Lived Experience Group) and Paige Barrs (Early Intervention Domestic Abuse Advisor- Cambridgeshire Police) shared their experience of sexual and domestic abuse respectfully, and provided tips regarding language to use with survivors and signposted delegates to a range of resources, which include:

In Part 3, Fay Maxted from the Survivor’s Trust continued by providing tips around language and signposted to some training and resources for health staff. This was followed by the London Clinical Lead for VAWG, Dr Liz Henderson. Liz gave us an insight into the challenges that GPs face and suggestions on how to improve practice. Catherine Hinwood, the NHSE Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Lead, ended the day by sharing information about the programme that she is leading on nationally.

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