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Violence Against Women and Girls Services: Supporting Local Commissioning

This toolkit compiles information in a practical way to demonstrate how commissioning services to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) can be done to meet needs effectively. It will be useful for:

Commissioners, providing a practical guide to commissioning VAWG services; and Service providers, to understand how to meet commissioners’ needs.

The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure that professionals can work together to provide an effective commissioning approach to anyone affected by any form of VAWG.

VAWG covers a range of unacceptable and deeply distressing crimes, including domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence and child sexual abuse, stalking, so called ‘honour-based’ violence – including forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), gang related violence, and human trafficking.

This toolkit is focused on commissioning services in England.