Black Silhouettes Outside Scotland Yard Mourn 16 Women Killed Police Officers

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Charity Refuge launched its #EnoughIsEnough campaign to protest violence against women.

A charity has drawn attention to 16 women killed by serving or former police officers since 2009 in a protest outside the Metropolitan Police Headquarters in London.

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Black silhouettes with the pink slogan #EnoughIsEnough are displayed outside Scotland Yard by the charity Refuge to launch its campaign calling on the government to end violence against women.

It comes in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard by the service of Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Coogens, which has brought women’s safety issues into the limelight.

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“Enough is enough – our own Home Secretary Priti Patel said this and she said she would use her power to stop this epidemic of violence against women and girls,” said Refuge CEO Ruth Davison, which provides specialist services. Avoid domestic abuse.

“We need more than just words, we need real action, action that will make a difference and save women’s lives, keep women safe day by day.”

The Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill, which returns to the House of Lords on October 20, includes a proposed new serious violence prevention duty that requires police and other public bodies to work together to prevent and deal with serious violence. need to.

But as the bill currently stands, the definition of serious violence in the prevention duty does not explicitly include domestic abuse, domestic murder or sexual violence – something the refugee seeks to change.

The charity’s patron Baroness Helena Kennedy QC said she was “definitely making an amendment to the House of Lords”.

“In this bill, there is a serious violence duty and what we want to do is to include violence against women and girls,” he said, adding that it should be given the same priority as terrorism.

Comedian and Refugee ambassador Joe Brand echoed that sentiment, saying women often feel they are not being taken seriously by the police in reporting domestic violence.

She cited recent advice issued by the Metropolitan Police after the sentencing of Cousins, which suggested that women who fear a lone male police officer may not be genuine enough to run into the house or “ridiculous” the bus. can.

“It’s not on us (women) to put the key in people’s eyes if we think they’re a little sly,” she told the PA news agency. “I think the time has come for us to be a little more safe.”

The comedian said, “For me there is still a hidden epidemic of domestic violence that is not taken seriously, that the police need to take more seriously and where men are told to stand by women and ‘we don’t have this’ is’ ​​needs to be said.” Who also criticized the culture of “misbehavior and lathiism” in the police.

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