Violence against women: How to achieve justice for victims of all backgrounds?

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In the UK, a woman is killed by a man every three days. These crimes are on the rise, with the recent murders of Nicole Smallman, Bibaa Henry, Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa touching a national nerve. But why do these crimes keep happening? We need to talk about how – and why – the criminal justice system is failing to keep women safe.

Gendered violence claims over 200 lives every year and accounts for a quarter of all violent crimes. Different forms of violence against women and girls are more or less prevalent in different communities, but all are underpinned by the same sexist norms, traditions, stereotypes and patriarchal values. In the case of violence against Black and racially minoritised women, the idea that women embody their family and community’s ‘honour’ may be a further complicating factor.

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