Call for Views

Women’s Policy Group Survey – Women’s Views on The Executive Office Equally Safe Strategy:

A Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls


The Women’s Policy Group NI is gathering the views of women on what they believe needs to be addressed in a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy for Northern Ireland.

We want to ensure that the lived experiences and views from women shape this strategy so that it is as robust and enforceable as possible. We are seeking your views and experiences to shape our evidence submission and influence this strategy. Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK or Ireland without a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, and we believe that this needs to urgently change as this is an issue that has impacted so many women and girls.

All views and experiences shared will be completely anonymous.

We are asking women to complete this short survey to help us understand what we need to be calling for within our response to The Executive Office Call for Views on the develop of the ‘Equally Safe: Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls’.

Please note – the WPG is also responding to the call for views on the Department of Health and Department of Justice Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse Strategy. However, this survey is specifically about the strategy to tackle VAWG.

Disclaimer – throughout this survey we reference men’s violence against women and girls. We recognise that violence against women and girls can come from men and boys, and when we reference men’s violence this also includes boy’s violence.

In addition, we also note that domestic and sexual abuse is also prevalent among LGBTQ+ relationships and we will be incorporating this into our response on the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse call for views. This survey is to get a better understanding from women on what they want included within the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy specifically.

Trigger Warning – this survey mentions various types of violence and abuse against women which some may find distressing. Here is a list of support organisations in case you need to reach out for support.

This survey has 27 questions in total and should take between 5 – 15 minutes to complete. Only the tick box questions require responses. All other questions are optional. You are welcome to share your own experiences if you feel comfortable and these responses will be kept fully anonymous.

While this survey is completely anonymous, we ask some demographic questions at the beginning to ensure we are reaching a wide and diverse group of women.

Please respond to our survey here


This survey will close on Monday 14th February 2022 at 12pm.