In February IARS submitted a response to the UK Government’s call for evidence, as the Home Office prepares to update its strategy on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). IARS shared the findings of its Children First national report collected from both desk-based and field-based research conducted in all partner countries under Work Package 2: Challenging attitudes and norms towards dating violence — Children First youth-led e-game.
The research will assist the Home Office in understanding the attitudes and scale of acceptance of gender-based violence among young people aged 12-18. The findings from the report show that much more needs to be done at an early age to tackle stereotypes and accepted behavioural norms that can engender gender-based violence in relationships, particularly in relation to women and girls.
A key aim of this call for evidence was to capture the lived experience of those affected by violence against women and girls and understand how the Government can use experiences and learnings to improve our response to these crimes. IARS’ UK based research captures the lived experiences of young people aged 12-18 in a variety of ways – interactions including focus groups and interviews with young people in London and Cardiff, as well as an online survey completed by young people across the UK.
You can read the full submission here