News – House of Commons Library – More than 2 million crimes against women went unrecorded since 2018, research suggests

Labour MP Stella Creasy says it is time for “deeds not words” as data from the House of Commons Library shows just one in three women reported crime to police.

More than two million crimes against women and girls have gone unreported in the last two years, a shocking analysis shows.

Since 2018, an estimated 2,009,885 crimes against women and girls may have gone unreported, as only one in three women who was a victim say they reported it to police.

The research by the House of Commons Library comes as a cross-party group of peers, including former Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove, demand the government legislates to make misogyny a hate crime.

The group is proposing all police forces record where women are targeted for crimes because of their sex or gender, helping to improve police intelligence on how and when women are at risk.

It would also allow judges and the Crown Prosecution Service to consider hostility against women and girls when making decisions around prosecution and sentencing.

The government has been under pressure to do more to ensure women’s safety in the wake of the murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, whose death has prompted outcry and renewed calls for change.

Campaigning Labour MP Stella Creasy MP said: “Police often raise the lack of reporting by women as a reason why they aren’t able to address the harassment and violence they face.

“The first step to changing this must be the police showing women and girls that the crimes they face are taken seriously.

“Recognising misogyny as a hate crime doesn’t create any new crimes but helps identify the risks women face to improve detection and prevention of these crimes – by incorporating misogyny into hate crime legislation, ministers could send a powerful message about the seriousness with which we as a society take the threats and harms women face on a daily basis.

“After years of inaction, it is time for deeds, not words, from government.”

Boris Johnson indicated in October that he did not support moves to make misogyny a hate crime, saying there were “abundant” ways to crackdown on violence against women in existing laws.

He told the BBC : “I think that what we should do is prosecute people for crimes that we have on the statute book.

“I think, to be perfectly frank, if you simply widen the scope of what you ask the police to do you’ll just increase the problem.

“What you need to do is get the police to focus on the very real crimes, the very real feeling of injustice and betrayal that many people feel.”

The prime minister said “there must be radical change” in policing when it comes to tackling crimes such as rape, adding: “There is abundant statute that is not being properly enforced, and that’s what we need to focus on.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/more-2-million-crimes-against-25461911

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