Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 16TH JUNE 2014
C2351 WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN – VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS (HBMCS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) –
Approval was sought for the Council to become a corporate supporter of the White Ribbon Campaign and to gain the White Ribbon Campaign Town award.
Every year in the UK more than one million women suffered domestic abuse and more than 360,000 were sexually assaulted. Within the Vale of Glamorgan there were 1874 reports made each year from victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
The Community Safety Partnership (Safer Vale) was responsible for the co-ordination of services and identifying gaps and improvements. Over the past few years there had been significant improvements made to provide improved awareness of the impact of domestic and sexual abuse and also the services that were available to victims and their families. Working with partners such as Atal y Fro, the Probation Trust and the Police, the Council had been able to assist and lead in many projects.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) award was for Councils who demonstrated their commitment to the aims of the campaign that were as follows:
Mobilising men so that the anti-violence against women and girls message increased in effectiveness and reach (involving men and boys in prevention activities)
Addressing and altering social norms that led to violent behaviour against women
Increasing awareness on the issue and providing services aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence
Mobilising the entire local community under the goal of ending violence against women and girls
As a White Ribbon Town (or County) the Council would be awarded a certificate or plaque that offered public recognition of its commitment to ending violence against women and girls.
Following the Council expressing an interest to become a White Ribbon Town, an action plan would need to be completed in order that the Council could demonstrate its commitment to achieving the standard required. Once the action plan was finalised and agreed, progress would be monitored by the WRC programme.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the work to be progressed in order to gain the White Ribbon Award be supported.
(2) T H A T updates on progress be submitted to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) via the regular Safer Vale progress reports.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To enable work to progress in order to improve domestic abuse awareness and expand partnership working that will ultimately benefit the residents of the Vale of Glamorgan.
(2) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) Committee was able to fulfil its statutory role of scrutinising partnership action to reduce crime and disorder and the fear of crime.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 16 JUNE 2014