Starmer says tackling violence against women and girls is a ‘personal mission’ – LabourList

Keir Starmer said tackling violence against women and girls was his “personal mission” and accused the government of “failing” to protect women in comments on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Labor leader he said today: “Fighting violence against women and girls is my personal mission. It destroys lives and families. This government is failing. Labor will act to protect women.

“There are three ways we can do this. Introduce tougher penalties for rape, stalking and domestic murder, including a seven-year minimum sentence for rape and all life sentences for rape, kidnapping and murder.

“New specialist rape courts, fast track rape cases and support victims. Create a new domestic violence registry for serial domestic abusers and stalkers.”

According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data published in February and covering the period up to March 2021, an average of 77 women have been killed by their partner or ex-partner each year over the past 10 years.

The ONS reported in January that the number of rapes in England and Wales in the year to September 2021 was 63,136, the highest annual figure on record. About 820 (1.3%) of the reported crimes resulted in the suspect being charged.

The Commons home affairs committee concluded in a report in April that the rate of rape accusations, prosecutions and convictions remained “embarrassingly low”. Its report claims that public confidence in the criminal justice system’s ability to handle cases “may be at an all-time low”.

Commenting after the report was published, committee chairwoman Diana Johnson said: “The decline in the number of prosecutions for rape and sexual offenses over the past five years is truly shocking and completely unacceptable.

“While it is clear that significant efforts have been made to reverse this decline in the criminal justice system, much remains to be done. “Thousands of victims do not get the justice they deserve, and this must be stopped.”

Yvette Cooper said today: “Violence against women and girls is a stain on our society. Victims of devastating crimes like rape and domestic violence have had enough to say, they need real and decisive action.

“Under this government, prosecutions and prosecutions have fallen dramatically and the backlog of courts means criminals are being let off the hook and victims are frustrated.

“The Labor government will not rest until women and girls are safe. We will put rape and domestic violence specialists in every police force in England and Wales, introduce a register for victims of domestic violence and introduce specialist rape courts to speed up the system.

“However, we understand that we will end violence against women and girls only when every department does its part. A Labor government will include a minister for survivors working across departments to ensure everything possible is done to keep women safe.

The Shadow Home Secretary announced at the party conference in September that the Labor government would take action against the “epidemic” of violence against women and girls, announcing that the party would provide specialist support to victims by placing domestic violence experts in 999 control rooms in every police force. power.

He said at the conference: “More than 300 women will be raped in our country today. About 190 cases of rape will be registered. Of those, only three attackers will ever see the inside of a courtroom, never mind a prison cell. They will be free to hurt, insult and harass the rest again. We can’t stand it.”

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