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Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015

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National strategy

3Duty to prepare, publish and review a national strategy

(1)The Welsh Ministers must prepare and publish a strategy (a “national strategy”) which—

(a)specifies objectives that the Welsh Ministers consider will, if achieved, contribute to the pursuit of the purpose of this Act;

(b)specifies the periods of time within which the Welsh Ministers expect to achieve the specified objectives;

(c)identifies the actions the Welsh Ministers propose to take to achieve the specified objectives.

(2)The Welsh Ministers may specify objectives relating to Wales or any part of Wales.

(3)The first national strategy must be published no later than 6 months after the date on which the first general election is held following the commencement of this section.

(4)No later than 6 months after the date of each subsequent general election, the Welsh Ministers must review the national strategy.

(5)The Welsh Ministers may review the national strategy at any other time.

(6)If the Welsh Ministers decide to revise the national strategy following a review, they must publish the revised strategy as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(7)The Welsh Ministers must consult such persons as they consider appropriate before—

(a)publishing the first national strategy under this section;

(b)revising the national strategy.

(8)In this section, “general election” means—

(a)the poll held at an ordinary general election under section 3 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32), or

(b)the poll held at an extraordinary general election under section 5 of that Act.

4Duty to implement the national strategy

The Welsh Ministers must, in exercising their functions, take all reasonable steps to achieve the objectives specified in the most recently published national strategy.

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