The British government has announced a new strategy to tackle attacks aganist women and girls on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
As part of the plan schools are to introduce lessons on “preventing violence in relationships” the idea is to change attitudes before they become entrenched. Alan Johnson is the British Home Secretary: “If there is a domestic violence incident it’s the perpetrator who actually continues to live in the home and it’s the victim who has to move out. But it is much wider than domestic violence, we are looking to change attitudes as well.” In France, the government is drawing up a law to introduce electronic tagging for those convicted of violence against women. Nadine Morano is the French Minister for Families, she says its time to act aganist the problem: “Violence against women costs one billion euros a year the emergency shelters, the social workers, the medical treatment. By taking preventive measures we can reduce the financial burden and human suffering.” Meanwhile, Spain plans to bring in pan-European measures to combat domestic violence when it takes over the EU presidency in the new year. As many as 76 women were killed by their partner or ex-partner in the country last year.