“Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has published proposals for a ‘Gender Based Abuse Strategy: The Greater Manchester Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women & Girls’.
In light of the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the urgency to address gender based abuse, the public are being asked to provide their feedback on the Greater Manchester proposals to make sure it has sufficiently captured the right issues and how to address them before going to a full public consultation in May 2021.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has been developing an ambitious and transformative 10-year Strategy to provide a comprehensive and responsive service to improve the safety of the mainly women and girls who are victims of gender based abuse. It also aims to challenge the attitudes and inequalities that promote it, and enable those perpetrators who want to change to do so.
Gender based abuse covers a range of harms against women and girls. This can include domestic homicides, domestic abuse and coercive control; rapes and sexual assaults; street and workplace harassment; stalking on and offline; sexual exploitation; and threatening behaviour directed towards women. Most of this abuse is perpetuated by men and boys both in the home and in public.”
“We are inviting the public to comment on a draft copy of Gender Based Abuse Strategy: The Greater Manchester Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women & Girls.
We are committed to tackling gender based abuse in Greater Manchester and make our streets, workplaces and homes a safe place for women and girls. This Strategy has been in development for many months, including consulting with a range of groups, individuals and professionals within various sectors. We recognise however that publication of the Strategy represents a start, that there is much to do and that no one has all the answers, so we want to hear as many voices as possible.
If we are to effectively tackle gender based abuse we must mobilise the whole of Greater Manchester and work together, therefore we want this to be a Strategy where everyone can have a say on what we are proposing.”