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Labor will demonstrate ‘zero tolerance’ for violence against women, says Starmer | Work


Keir Starmer has pledged to take a ‘zero tolerance approach’ to violence against women and girls as new statistics reveal that almost 97% of sexual offenses do not result in charges.

He said his Labor government would enforce tougher penalties for rape, harassment and domestic murder, and introduce a domestic abuse register to make it easier for authorities to track offenders.

On White Ribbon Day, Starmer will visit a domestic abuse shelter in the Midlands as he recommits to speeding up rape cases and supporting survivors.

Home Office figures show that under the Tories the rape charge rate is at an all-time high of 1.5%, with sex offenses at just 3.1% over the past year, despite a record number of such offenses recorded by the police.

Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, said the issue became personal to him. He campaigned for Jane’s Law, an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, to ensure better protection for the safety of victims. Jane Clough, an A&E nurse, was murdered by her ex-partner as he awaited trial for her rape.

“This issue is personal to me,” Starmer said. “It is a scourge on society that destroys lives. That’s why, when I was Director of Public Prosecutions, I worked tirelessly to address violence against women and girls.

“Under my Labor Government, the law will protect women and girls – with tougher sentences for those who harm them, appropriate measures introduced to monitor violent perpetrators and a justice system that is on the side of brave victims and does not not let them wait years for justice.

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