Sarah Champion: Ministers must stop dragging their feet over Istanbul convention on violence against women

There are a million reasons why the government must take urgent action on domestic violence. Every one of those reasons is a woman or a girl in this country who has experienced domestic violence or abuse within the last year. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It affects women – and indeed men – of all ages, classes, races and sexualities. We must do all we can to tackle this crime in all of its forms.

I am frustrated that, despite consistent pressure from the opposition, it has taken more than five years to ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women which the government signed up to in 2012. Five wasted years where the convention has remained just a piece of paper, unable to bring about the step change needed to alter the way violence against women and girls is considered, tackled and prevented.

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Matthew Trueman