Solace Newsletter – April 2024

The Solace pledge to end violence against women and girls in London. 

On Thursday 2nd May 2024 London will elect a Mayor and 25 London Assembly members.The Mayor of London plays an important role in ensuring that survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are supported, including funding victim services, oversight and accountability for the Metropolitan Police and strategic direction for housing in London. The London Assembly holds the Mayor of London to account. Despite recent improvements in legislation, funding and strategies we are still a long way from the goal of eradicating violence against women and girls in London. 

Solace pledges

We are asking Mayoral and Greater London Assembly (GLA) candidates to sign our four pledges to demonstrate their commitment to achieving this goal so that all women and girls can live free from the fear and reality of male violence and flourish in London. Our key pledges are:  Make VAWG a priority through a new and ambitious strategy Improve the Metropolitan Police’s response to VAWGEnsure access to safe and affordable housing for VAWG survivorsEnsure all victims can access services and victim support services are fairly funded.You can read more about our priorities for the new London Mayor and our full London election pledges below.

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Women’s Rough Sleeping Census Report

Women are under-represented in rough sleeping statistics and provision, yet research, lived experience and the experiences of services tell us that women are some of the most vulnerable within the rough sleeping population.

The London Women’s Rough Sleeping Census aims to collect more comprehensive data on women experiencing rough sleeping and trial a different method of data collection.

The most recent census was conducted in September 2023 in London and in 14 local authorities across England.

The results from the census have now been published – find out more and read the report below.

Census report
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