Tuesday 16 March 2021 / 6:00 AM Home Affairs / Jess Phillips / Women and Equalities

Labour analysis shows women made up over half the victims of all violent crime for the last 3 years

New Labour analysis of recorded crime data reveals women made up more than half the victims of all violent crime in the last 3 years.

This comes as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passing through Parliament this week fails to even mention women once in over 290 pages.

The Government have had chance after chance to adopt measures on issues such as street harassment, unequal sentences for domestic homicides and steps needed to drive up rape conviction rates, failing at every turn.

This week Labour calls out the Government on its missed opportunity to tackle violence against women and girls that has become endemic in the UK.

Under the Conservatives, rape convictions have fallen to an all-time low, delays in the Crown Courts are at an all-time high, and justice is not being served for thousands of women and girls.

After a decade of cuts, delay and inaction, Labour urges the Government to now work with Labour to legislate to tackle violence against women.

Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Minster, Jess Philips MP, said:

“These figures underline that violence is not a rare occurrence but the sad reality for too many women and girls across the country.

“We need a step change not just in the criminal justice system but throughout society – and that needs real Government backing.

“The Tories need to stop wasting time on gimmicks and get serious about tackling the epidemic of violence women and girls are facing.

“This legislation is the equivalent of a get out of jail free card – it should be called the Abusers Charter”