Victoria Groulef has backed a proposal to introduce a Bill to help tackle violence against women and girls. If successful at the next General Election, the Labour Party will introduce legislation to help protect victims of domestic and sexual violence, make the criminal justice system more effective at bringing those who commit violent acts against women to justice and do more to teach young people about healthy, respectful relationships.
The Bill will include the following measures:
- A new Commissioner for domestic and sexual violence who will work across Government making sure the needs of victims are reflected in Government police
- Making sex and relationship education compulsory and updating the content for the 21st century so we tackle online safety and online exposure to pornography too
- Publishing domestic abuse and sexual violence performance tables for every police force across England and Wales to shine a light on poor performance and raise standards
- Stronger action to protect people online, including the issue of 'revenge porn' and blackmail using sexual images
The Bill follows data released in March that shows in the Thames Valley Police area for domestic violence, though police recorded crimes are increasing, 20.5% fewer cases are being passed to the CPS for prosecution and there are fewer convictions (from year 2010/11 to 2012/13).
In addition there were 34,125 reports of domestic abuse in 2012/13 and only 1445 resulted in a conviction.
For rape, though police crimes are increasing far fewer cases are being passed to the CPS for prosecution and there are fewer convictions.
Victoria said: "I know from my women's safety survey I ran earlier in the year, that action to tackle violence against women and girls must be a priority. This Bill would ensure that proper information is published- so that local communities, police forces and prosecutors can see how areas are doing and work to improve."
"A commissioner, modelled on the children's commissioner covering violence against women and domestic abuse, with powers to ensure standards are raised would also be welcomed.
"It's also vital that young people are given effective sex and relationship education in school and that it looks at the impact social media and the internet has on the issue. Local people want to see tougher action to stop those who commit violent acts against women and girls. That is what this Bill does, but we need a Labour Government to enact it."