Image above: Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth
Ruth Cadbury MP has called for urgent action from the Government to ensure that public bodies such as the Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service work together to protect women from domestic abuse- especially from ex-partners.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday (26 May) in Attorney General Questions, Ruth warned that she had seen a number of cases where the different organisations were working in ‘silos’, and were failing to protect victims.
After the debate she said:
‘‘It is vital that the Government play a central role in ensuring that public bodies work together to protect women from domestic violence and abuse, especially from former partners.
“I’ve been extremely concerned to see a number of occasions where various organisations are not working together – which means that victims are falling through the cracks and not getting the protection and support they need.
“It was extremely disappointing that when I asked the Attorney General about this in Parliament she responded with an answer to a question I didn’t ask about a recent review into rape prosecutions, and then proceeded to make a party-political point, which is inappropriate behaviour for the Attorney General, who serves as a law officer in the Government.
“This is not how they should approach these serious issues.’’
Police data shows a 19% decrease in the number of suspects of domestic abuse-flagged cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, despite a rise in the recorded crime.
The police recorded 758,941 domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales in the year ending March 2020, representing a 9% increase on the previous year, while referrals for prosecutions fell from 98,479 to 79,965.
According to research put forward by the Femicide Census, one woman is murdered on average every three days in the UK and one in every three women aged 16 to 59 will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Visits to the domestic abuse website run by the charity Refuge have increased by 150% in the pandemic and the number of women killed in domestic abuse-related homicides tripled in the first six weeks of lockdown when compared with the same period of the previous year.
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