The number of women killed by a partner or ex has risen by almost a third in just one year, new figures show.
Data published by the National Statistics Office (ONS) shows that between April 2014 and March 2014, 60 women were killed by a current or former partner — a 27 per cent increase from a year earlier.
The number of victims of overall homicides in England and Wales increased by 10 per cent in the year to March 2014 — the highest number for 13 years.
Nearly half of these female victims were killed in a domestic homicide — with the suspect being a partner or a former partner in 37 per cent of cases.
New data has sparked fresh concern around the issue of domestic abuse among charities helping women flee their addicts.
Hannah Gousy, who led the homeless charity Crisis, said: “These figures are a devastating reminder of why it is so important for women experiencing domestic violence to be safe somewhere to escape, and how our work Continuous failure to have fatal consequences.
“We know that leaving an abuser can be one of the most dangerous times, but we are currently leaving women with no choice but to return to the very place and the person they were trying to escape from. Because they have to go somewhere else, it isn’t very comfortable, we can and should do better than this.
“The government must take action now. The upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill is a chance to change one of the biggest obstacles for those who have escaped domestic abuse by guaranteeing survivors a safe, settled home. We know Can not continue to endanger
Domestic abuse victims are not automatically entitled to a safe home from their local council and border service providers often encounter women who are forced to return to their abusive partners to avoid being pushed onto the streets.
Sandra Horley, chief executive of Asylum, Britain’s largest provider of shelters for domestic abuse victims, said the latest figures demonstrate violence against women and girls in a “crisis on society” that harms women And “an alarming rate” of casualties.
She said: “On average, two women are killed each week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Women’s lives are lost to male violence – leaving children without mothers, parents without daughters, loved one’s Families without. It should serve as a stark reminder to government and law enforcement alike that domestic abuse is a crime, taken more seriously. It should be addressed with urgency.
The new figures have recently come after telling independent European citizens who have suffered domestic abuse have been pushed to the streets as Brexit is done.
Sophie Walker, chief executive officer of the Young Women’s Trust, which helps young women on little or no pay, condemned the latest figures and argued violence against women and girls “is the cause and consequence of women’s inequality.” “
She added: “It is created and results from an unequal society and a troubled economy and a judicial system that often blames women for the violence they experience.
Alex Mayes, of victim support, said the new figures were “deeply troubled” and their charities witness the “devastating” effects of domestic homicides on both relatives and the wider community when dealing with “murders and bereaved families”.
He added: “These figures highlight the deadly effects of domestic abuse, and show how much more needs to be done to combat violence and keep victims safe.
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