Tom Brake: We need to do more to tackle violence against women
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
"With more than a million female victims of domestic abuse last year in England and Wales, we need to do more to remove this blight from society. Too often, we fall short of what we could have done to prevent the abuse of women and girls and to help those who have suffered.
"The Government's strategic action plan, which included £28m of stable funding for a range of specialist services, and the decision to opt-in to the European Human Trafficking Directive are welcome steps in right direction.
"It is important that the Government does not rest here, but goes further to prevent abuse from taking place and to protect victims. Through better training of officials to identify vulnerable women, reviewing current criminal and judicial arrangements, specifically ending the criminalisation of child prostitutes, and a stronger international approach we can do much more to end this shameful and criminal."