Stop blaming the victim: Better ways of responding to violence against women and girls

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In the UK, a woman is killed by a man every three days. According to the Femicide Census, 1,425 women were murdered by men between 2008 and 2018 – and the rate has only gone up since. In 2020 alone, approximately 620,000 women suffered rape, sexual assault or an attempted sex attack, but only one in six reported the crime. That same year, an estimated 1.6 million women in England and Wales were victims of domestic abuse.

Violence against women and girls is a national emergency. If our criminal justice system doesn’t change the way it responds to these crimes, women will keep dying at the hands of men.

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