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Police to get new top role to tackle violence against women

Police to get new top role to tackle violence against women.

A new police role is to be created with a focus on tackling violence against women and girls.

A national policing lead will be tasked with improving response times to these crimes and to ensure best practice among forces.

Ms Patel said the new policing lead would “drive change” to end “abhorrent abuse and violence” against women and girls.

“Every aspect of policing and criminal justice system must have a determined approach to ending violence against women and girls,” she said.

She added that the lead would “bring together the incredible work of police officers around the country and create a consistent response to ending these appalling crimes”.

The case of Sarah Everard, who was murdered by police officer Wayne Couzens near Clapham Common in March, prompted mass demonstrations about women’s safety.

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More than 180,000 contributors have helped shaped the strategy, designed to tackle violence against women and girls.

The strategy also seeks to criminalise so-called virginity testing, described by MPs as a “medieval” practice.

But Labour’s shadow Home Office minister Jess Phillips said the government “has completely failed to keep women and girls safe with their successive strategies”.

“The government should step up to the plate and take action rather than more warm words,” she said.

The government will publish its full plans to tackle violence against women and girls on Wednesday.

They include a 24-hour rape and sexual assault helpline, £5m of funding to tackle violence in public places at night, and an online tool where women and girls can log areas where they have felt unsafe.

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