If we’re serious about ending men’s violence against women and girls, we need to listen to feminists

Karen Ingala Smith writes:

“When we talk about intimate-partner violence and sexual violence, it is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men upon women and girls”.

In Jodi’s case it was her ex-boyfriend’s violence which caused the reaction that ended with him dead from a gunshot and multiple stab wounds, but he was the initiator of the violence, as you might expect.

Karen Ingala Smith

The UK’s lack of “a consistent and coherent approach to tackling violence against women”  has been criticised in an official report  by the UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo .  In addition, last week Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO chair of gender research at Lancaster University, criticised official statistics for drastically under-representing the scale of  violent crime against women.

Whilst the UN report commends the  “excellent policy framework” created by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in the Government’s Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls, it notes that “isolated pockets of good practice” are compromised by the “lack of a consistent and coherent human-rights based approach in the government’s response to violence against women and girls”.

Walby explained, at a meeting at the UK Statistics Agency, that the Crime Survey of England and Wales fails to account for nearly half the attacks on women as it caps the number of separate…

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