Violence against women should be treated as seriously as TERRORISM, watchdog ...

Violence against women should be treated as seriously as TERRORISM, watchdog ...
Violence against women should be treated as seriously as TERRORISM, watchdog ...
Violence against women should be treated as seriously as TERRORISM to tackle 'eye-watering' number of cases, watchdog finds in report after Sarah Everard murder Watchdog says violence against women as seriously as terrorism by the police Comes in new report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services  The report was commissioned following the death of 33-year-old Sarah Everard 

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Police chiefs should treat violence against women as seriously as terrorism and stop ditching an ‘eye-water- ing’ number of crimes, a watchdog has said.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services yesterday highlighted how three out of four domestic abuse cases are closed early without anyone being charged. 

The number of investigations into sex attacks on women shelved due to ‘evidential difficulties’ also tripled from 4,326 cases in 2014/15 to 13,395 in 2019/20. 

Zoe Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary, said: ‘The proportion of cases closed is eye-wateringly high.’ 

Police chiefs should treat violence against women as seriously as terrorism and stop ditching an ‘eye-water- ing’ number of crimes, a watchdog has said (stock image)

Police chiefs should treat violence against women as seriously as terrorism and stop ditching an ‘eye-water- ing’ number of crimes, a watchdog has said (stock image)

She added: ‘Chief constables should frankly get a grip and ensure that they consistently provide high standards and use powers and tools they already have.’

Now the watchdog wants violence against women to be treated as seriously as top policing priorities like terrorism. 

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