Urgent change needed to stem femicides, says new domestic abuse tsar

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The first commissioner for domestic abuse for England and Wales, who will have significant powers once the domestic abuse bill becomes law early next year, has committed to working closely with the campaign to tackle femicide – the killing of women at the hands of men.

At a virtual event last Thursday, attended by more than 600 people, Nicole Jacobs expressed her “sheer frustration” at the “postcode lottery” and lack of a co-ordinated response on the part of agencies to tackle the killing of women. “We all have such an urgency for change” she said.

The event marked the publication of the Femicide Census, entitled, “If I’m not in on Friday, I might be dead”, the words of Judith Nibbs, beheaded by her husband, Dempsey Nibbs, in 2014. The census, reported last week in…



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