In February 2019, the ‘girls, gangs and their abusive relationships’ report was launched at the Greater London Assembly. The event was hosted by Florence Eshalomi AM and attended by those working in the charity sector, politicians and the police, with special guest Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Read the full report here: Girls gangs and their abusive relationships

Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “We know that violence has an impact on our communities and on women and girls, who often are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse as a result of gang activity. In London, we have invested an additional £15m in services to tackle violence against women and girls, which will ensure that these vulnerable women are identified and supported. Our Violence Reduction Unit will be working to tackle the long-term causes of violent crime, using insights such as those in this report to inform what we do and help frontline services respond as effectively as possible.”

Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “The first tragic homicide of 2019 occurred in Camberwell, Southwark, the borough that I represent. A bright, promising 33 year old woman was stabbed to death and her young daughter is now forced to grow up without a mother. Violence against women and girls is a problem that is not going away and it is important that we do not forget the women and girls associated with gangs when we are discussing how to tackle the serious issue of gang violence. This report provides clear recommendations that will help to ensure that women and girls do not continue to be invisible to the services that need to be supporting them.”