Women are dealing with an ‘epidemic’ of violence, politicians and campaigners warned yesterday as they lamented the lack of progress since the death of Sarah Everard.
The killing of Sabina Nessa, 28, in south London comes six months after Miss Everard’s murder and a year after sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were stabbed to death in the capital.
Jess Phillips, Labour’s spokesman for domestic violence and safeguarding, said that it was ‘not safe’ to be a woman.
She said 78 women had been killed in the UK since the death of 33-year-old Miss Everard in March and questioned the Government response.
‘It is a scandal that women don’t feel safe on the streets,’ she said. ‘It’s not safe to be a woman – whether that’s in the workplace, school, university or home. There are too many examples every year.’
Women are dealing with an ‘epidemic’ of violence, politicians including Labour MP Jess Phillips (picutred) and campaigners warned yesterday as they lamented the lack of progress since the death of Sarah Everard
Referring to Miss Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and killed by Met policeman Wayne Couzens while walking home, the MP added: ‘We can’t keep having this. We can’t keep having someone being murdered and then a pilot here and a review there.
‘The British public now demand proper women’s safety laws, legislation, resources and strategy to stop this. We can’t just keep being sorry.’
She also demanded that the Government reclassify violence against women