More needed from government to help tackle violence against women and girls – that’s the verdict of the West Midlands Victims’ Commissioner following the news that the government intends to appoint a police officer to tackle the issue.
Nicky Brennan, who was appointed by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster said: “The news that the government will appoint a new national lead to tackle violence against women and girls is a positive step, but sadly doesn’t go nearly far enough.
“With reports to police of this kind of violence rising we urgently need more money to boost officer numbers so we can hire extra police investigators to bring more perpetrators to justice and more quickly.
“We also need to ensure charitable organisations that support victims of violence against women and girls are properly funded so the support is there for people when it is needed most.
“Finally we need adequate funding to help educate children and young people about healthy and respectful relationships free from harm and abuse.”