According to the BBC today, a report by the End Violence Against Women Campaign warns that the government is not doing enough to tackle the problems of violence against women in the UK. The report blames "a lack of strategy and co-operation across departments", "a failure to develop policies and provide resources for forms of violence beyond domestic violence, such as rape and forced marriage" and "funding and a lack of services".
I'm not sure that I'm very well placed to comment on the report. As I may have mentioned before, I have not had a lot of domestic violence work since I gave up legal aid - I'm not sure whether this is because domestic violence is more prevalent amongst the under privileged (although it is certainly not unique to them), or whether it is simply because few victims can afford to pay for private legal help. I would say, however, that it is interesting that the campaign, which is a coalition of charities, includes in it's definition of 'violence' not only domestic violence but also such obscenities as forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and "so-called ‘honour’ crimes and killings". These are targets that are ingrained in ethnic and religious ideologies, and will take a sustained international effort to eradicate. I wish the campaign every success.