Truss vows to crack down on violence against women and girls


Liz Truss has promised to crack down on violence against women and girls, introducing a standalone offense to criminalize street harassment and a national domestic violence registry.

The Conservative leadership candidate announced a package of measures to better protect women and girls from violence and abuse, as she said it is incumbent on all political leaders to “do more”.

She insisted that over the past two years the nation has been “shocked” by the number of high-profile murders of women, many of them in London.

According to his plans, a stand-alone offense to criminalize harassment would be introduced alongside a domestic violence registry, which would include coercive and controlling behavior and financial abuse.

Ms. Truss thinks the registry would break the cycle of recidivism.

His government will also require convicted offenders to inform the police of arrangements made with new partners and their children, failing which severe penalties will be meted out.

The Foreign Secretary said: “Over the past two years our country has been shocked by a number of high profile murders of women, many of them here in London. It is the responsibility of all political leaders, including us in Westminster and the Mayor of London, to do more.

Liz Truss during The Sun’s Showdown: The Fight for No 10 (PA/Dominic Lipinski)

“Violence against women and girls need not be inevitable. Women should be able to walk the streets without fear of being harmed and perpetrators should expect to be punished.

“Through increased police training, new offenses, faster processes for rape victims and our domestic violence registry, we will ensure victims are protected and crimes are prevented in the first place.”

As part of her crackdown, which builds on the government’s strategy against violence against women and girls, the foreign minister also pledged to speed up the process of dealing with rape cases.

She would ensure that cases are able to meet investigative standards from the outset to enable faster progression through the courts.

In order to be able to respond effectively to vulnerable victims, the police would also receive specific training.

Former Conservative Home Office minister Rachel Maclean said: “Women and girls should be free to live their lives in safety and I know Prime Minister Liz will offer stronger safeguards to victims of domestic violence, including the marking of the most violent offenders.”