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Home Office in the media blog: Tuesday 18 December

Home Office in the media

Today’s Home Office story includes coverage of a new report on femicide.

UK femicide report

The Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Sun and Metro note that three-quarters of women killed by men in the UK in 2017 knew the perpetrator, according to a report on femicide.

The Independent carries comments from Katie Ghose from Women’s Aid who called for the government to urgently put the prevention of femicide at the core of its domestic abuse bill. She said the bill needed to deliver the legislation and resources required to overhaul the response to domestic abuse.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that shatters the lives of victims and we are determined to transform our response. This Government will be publishing a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which will include a statutory Government definition of domestic abuse, introduce new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders and establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

The Home Office has made it a statutory duty for Community Safety Partnerships to produce a Domestic Homicide Review to ensure lessons to be learned from those who are murdered by family or those close to them.

We have pledged £100m to violence against women and girl’s services between 2016 and 2020. We will soon be publishing a refresh of our VAWG strategy, which will look at further ways we can support victims.