Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consultation 2022

Sunderland City Council needs your views!
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Sunderland City Council is in the process of developing a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy.

The term 'Violence Against Women and Girls' refers to acts of abuse or violence that most commonly affects women and girls but also includes abuse against all genders.

The surveys have been developed to help them understand the thoughts of people living and working in Sunderland. Your views will help to address and prevent Violence Against Women and Girls.

Those over the age of 18 can share their views via:

public survey by Friday 1 July 2022

staff survey by Friday 17 June 2022

Those aged 11-17 can share their views via:

children and young people survey by Friday 3rd June 2022

If you require surveys in alternative formats, please contact

Help, advice and support

In an emergency always call the Police on 999 for immediate help. At other times ring 101 and ask for the crime desk.

If you need to speak to anyone, please get in touch with: The Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit

If you are worried about a child, please contact Together for Children - Children's Safeguarding on 0191 561 7007 (Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm) or the Out of Hours team on 0191 520 5552 after 5.15pm.

Wearside Women in Need (WWiN) provide accessible community-based services across Sunderland to anyone at risk of or suffering abuse aged 18 or over. Contact the Freephone number for advice and support on 0800 066 5555.

Victim Support Northumbria is a victim referral service that offers free, confidential support and advice for anyone affected by crime living in the Tyne & Wear or Northumberland area. It does not matter if the crime has been reported to the Police or not, the coordinators are there to help you cope, recover and move on positively. Contact the Freephone number for advice on 0800 011 3116.

R.E.A.C.H. Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) offers help to anyone aged 16 years and over who have been raped or sexually assaulted. The centres are staffed by people who are experienced in dealing with the effects of rape and sexual assault. They can help you whether you wish to report it to the Police or not. The service is free and confidential and by strict appointment only. Phone 0191 221 9222.

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