GEM Welcomes Government’s Revised Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

The newly established Centre for Gender Equal Media at Durham Univesity (GEM) welcomes the commitment in the revised Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) 2016-2020 strategy for Government action on online and ‘cyber-enabled’ violence against women. In particular we are pleased to see the integration of online forms of violence against women, including image-based sexual abuse (‘revenge porn’) and pornography, into the strategy, as recommended by the End Violence Against Women Coalition’s report into new technologies in 2012.

We urge the Government to recognise the need for the funding of specialist organisations to both support survivors of online abuse, as well as help to challenge such behaviours.

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GEM VAWG Strategy Response March 2016 FINAL