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The final report into the impact of serious youth violence and criminal gangs on women and girls across the country was launched on 22nd March 2011.
The report highlights a number of recommendations and some of the key questions. The report encourages services and local authorities to ask in responding to the needs of girls and women who are gang affected include:
- Are your strategies gender-proofed?
- Is your intelligence gender-proofed?
- Do you offer specialist intervention and at what stage?
- Are your referral and information processes clear?
- Are services skilled up enough to effectively respond?
The Female Voice in Violence Project report draws on face-to-face research with 352 friends, relatives, victims or perpetrators of gangs and gang violence. Ranging in age from 13-52, the experiences of these women and girls highlight lessons for policy makers and those working to prevent serious youth violence.
The research highlighted concerns about the lack of appropriate services available to those females caught up in gangs, the use of sexual violence by gang members, and the impact of serious violence on their sexual and mental health.
It highlights ways of supporting women and girls to exit the lifestyle and culture of serious violence - whether as sisters, mothers or girlfriends of gang members, or gang members themselves. The role of local, regional and national policy in supporting this agenda is also examined.
For more information on Female Voice in Violence Project, please contact Rahana Mohammed, Head of Policy.