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7 ways on how to end growing male violence against UK women
80 UK women victims of male violence since March 2021; 109 in 2021 and 1093 from 2012 to 2019
Male violence against women which has hit the UK has been trending in recent times. Would it eventually turn into a ‘killing women and girls’ pandemic in the UK?
At least 109 UK women have been killed by male violence so far in 2021, according to a media report.
80 of which have died after the gruesome murder of Ms. Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzenz, a police officer in March. Mr. Wayne Couzens, who has been sentenced to life jail had arrested the homicide victim under false pretense, abducted, raped, and murdered her.
Ms. Sarah Everard, 33, went missing before her body was found. Her death had sparked national outrage and protests at the violence rate against women in such a developed and civilized nation like the UK and the disturbing cases have prompted a serious discussion about women’s safety amidst male violence.
According to Karen Ingala Smith’s ‘Counting Dead Women’, 1093 UK women have been killed through male violence between 2012 and 2019. A Home Office report found that cases of homicide increased by 39% from 2014 to 2019, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to pledge a recruitment drive of 20,000 extra police officers over the following three years.
7 ways to end growing male violence against UK women
Society needs to change. There is no one thing that can be done. Many systems changes are needed for women to feel safe and comfortable and be safe
One of the things policing and the Government can do to start to rebuild public trust in the safety of women is to recognize that there is a systematic failure in policing. Having 80 women killed in a space of 6 months through male violence is shocking and shameful and needs serious urgent unrelenting measures in place to curb the evil menace.
1. The London Metropolitan (Met) Police must work out a new strategy for tackling violence against women and girls.
The foremost step on how to end growing male violence against UK women in prioritizing action against sexual and violent predatory offenders is to work out new strategies to curtail violence against women.
The London Metropolitan (Met) Police must work out a new strategy for tackling violence against women and girls which must include deployment of police officers in busy public places (the deployment of plainclothes officers alone be done in pairs) in London, including those where women and girls often lack self-assurance that they are safe, accelerating guarantees patrols and providing an increased police presence where it is most needed by finding key “hotspot” locations for offenses of violence and harassment.
2. Recognize, record, report, and investigate misogyny as a hate crime
The initial and easy step for every police force across the country is to recognize, record, report, and investigate misogyny as a hate crime and not done on an experimental basis presently considered, amidst the dangerous misogynistic culture in the police.
The confidence and faith in policing services to report any behaviour that leaves women feeling intimated, uncomfortable, and threatened are needful now and to equip officers with the training to obtain the skills and insights to deal with such reports should be at the topmost gear.
Recording misogyny as a hate crime will make the women recognize and report other forms of violence, including domestic violence.
Susannah Fish who led Nottinghamshire Police through comprehensive training in 2016 shows that officers were often able to recognize that misogyny is likely to be at its root of violence against women and girls, including domestic abuse and by adopting misogyny as a hate crime, she and her colleagues found that a framework for conversations was created that challenged misogynistic behaviour and attitudes within policing.
Making misogyny a hate crime is not the only solution, but an essential step forward and must be considered before more lives are shattered.
3. Women must challenge the legitimacy of police officers if they feel unsafe
Women stopped by plainclothes officers should challenge their legitimacy if feeling unsafe, the Norfolk Police force has said
Officers who always carry identification and can always be asked for verification should expect and be tolerant of those who wish to be further reassured.
Reasonable interaction with the officers to seek further reassurance of his identity and intentions includes asking where the officer’s colleagues are; where they have come from; why there are there, and exactly why they are stopping or talking to them. They can also suggest verifying the police officer by asking to hear their radio operator or asking to speak to the radio operator themselves
Women who feel things are not right or are in imminent danger must seek assistance, even if warrants shouting out to another member of the public who is passing by, running to a nearby house, knocking on a door, flagging a car down, or even dialing 999. Such public advice, given by Met Police and the Norfolk Police Force, though may have its flaws, might save a life in a specific and rare situation women might find themselves in.
4. Reopening of the Night Tube services fitted with onboard CCTV
As London becomes a dangerous place for women due to spate of high profile attacks from their male counterparts, as its ‘nightlife returns’, it will be wise enough to reopen the Night Tube fitted with onboard CCTV to give women and girls a safer way home as a measure to tackle sexual assaults.
The dangers are also coming amid a rise in taxi fares, with cabs harder to find, as the country remains in the grip of a fuel crisis with a shortage of petrol in forecourts.
The London Overground Night Tube was operating a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays between New Cross Gate and Highbury and Islington, running on five lines – Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly.
The service not only provides Londoners with more choice on how to travel at night, it provides a better lit transport option instead of waiting for a bus on dark streets.
The Night Tube was suspended at the start of the pandemic as Britain went into lockdown and amid fury at the scrapping of the train drivers’ pay grade.
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5. Free large-scale and widespread advertising campaign to report sexual assault against women
As a way of embarking on the large-scale and widespread movement against lack of safety for London women, the Mayor should provision of free advertising space to the ‘report it to stop it’ campaign and encouragement to tackle the most if not all of the unwanted sexual behaviour and harassment against women that go unreported.
UK women appear not to have confidence in reporting sexual abuses and violence suffered to the police department authorities. According to Logically, only about 17% of those surveyed said they reported instances of rape to the police, 38% said they did not feel the police would understand if they came forward, while 34% said they would find the process humiliating.
6. Stronger legislation and prosecution of reported cases
Following the news of Wayne Couzen’s sentencing, the Metropolitan Police must investigate how he succeeded and there must be stronger legislation to “protect women and girls.” A Freedom of Information request found that only 11% of 750 received allegations of sexual assault or misconduct by police officers over the past 10 years were sacked. Logically claims that little has been said on how to tackle the mounting evidence showing systemic issues within the police force itself.
Home Office statistics from May 2020 finding that 98% of rape cases do not lead to prosecutions and only 1 in 65 rape cases reported to police result in suspects being summonsed or charged, a Guardian analysis of the latest crime figures have revealed.
7. Women must learn to uphold their rights in the event of stop-and-search by the police
The most attention is perhaps in the education of the UK women across society on how to approach such issues sensibly and come safely while exercising their rights.
Women and girl teenagers must be aware of their rights and responsibilities and exercise them in the event of a stop and search.
Here are your rights the women must exercise when stopped by the police, as reported by BirminghamLive
While not obstructing stop-and-search procedure, women must demand responsible, fair, and respectful search from any stop-and-search police officer without succumbing to discrimination resulting from race, gender, or any previous criminal record.
Women must remind the police officer to keep his search time to a minimum and must allow the search to take place near where she is stopped, except in instances where moving would protect their privacy.
Women must not allow police officers to detain them in order to find grounds for a search
Women must ask the police officer for contact details or find them online in case they have a complaint. Many officers also have body cameras.
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