Priti Patel has been accused of weaponizing violence against women to justify new laws that would “undermine freedom and deepen inequality.”
The End Violence Against Women (EWW) coalition, which includes organizations supporting rape crises, refuges, women’s aid and victims, called for the abolishment of laws supported by the Home Secretary in its Conservative Party convention speech.
Ms Patel announced the investigation into the murder of Sarah Everard, saying “such unconscious crimes and acts of violence against women and girls have no place in our society”.
“That’s why I have doubled down on my efforts to make women and girls feel safe,” she said.
“The Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill grants life sentences to child murderers and eliminates automatic half-release for serious sexual and violent offenders … Women and girls have said that enough and the Conservative Party agreed. “
EVAW called for the bill to be dropped, which also includes new restrictions on protests and laws that discriminate against travelers.
“We object to the armament of the VAWG” [violence against women and girls] As a justification for both the Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill, which would curtail our collective liberties and deepen inequality, and the Nationality and Border Bill, which would criminalize women and girls crossing the border in search of security, Added in a statement.
“We join a broad section of society in calling for the repeal of both the bills.”
EVAW said it believes the proposed laws “will have no meaningful impact on responses to violence against women”.
The collective also said it rejected proposals to “overhaul” the Human Rights Act, which was announced by new Justice Secretary Dominic Raab in his conference speech.
“This is the only legal tool that allows the public to hold the police accountable for serious failures, as we saw in the case of John Verboy,” the statement said.
In the Worboys case, the victims of a serial sex attacker won a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police by arguing that their failures to properly investigate their crimes violated their human rights.
Sarah Everard, announced by the Home Secretary on Tuesday, joined a range of EVAW victim groups and advocates to express concern about the scope of the investigation.
It will initially focus on Wayne Coozens before expanding to “wider issues in policing” – possibly including revisions, professional standards and workplace behavior.
The investigation is not currently at the statutory level, which means it will rely on voluntary cooperation from the Metropolitan Police and compelling evidence.
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