Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, is pressing the UK Government to take stronger action to tackle the epidemic of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as latest figures show only five Stalking Protection Orders were issued in Wales last year, despite more than 7,000 reported offences.
This follows concerning statistics showing the number of reports of stalking have doubled from 2020 to 2021. Stalking Protection Orders were brought in two years ago, but campaigners are calling for better education so police officers can recognise when an order is needed, as it has been revealed that one Welsh force did not apply for any last year.
Chris Elmore has expressed concern that not enough is being done by the UK Government to tackle stalking and other actions of violence against women and girls, and has joined calls from Labour on the UK Government to improve police training to secure better outcomes for victims.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“It’s deeply concerning to see that the number of Stalking Protection Orders and prosecutions for people who have committed violence against women and girls more generally is far below the instances of abuse being reported.
The scale of action by the UK Government simply does not match the scale of the problem, and far more needs to be done to bring more victims justice and make our streets safer.
The UK Government must increase the number of specialist rape and serious sexual offences units, improve police training so we see an increase in the correct implementation of measures such as protection orders, and introduce effective national management and monitoring of domestic abuse and sexual offenders.
Women and girls in Ogmore deserve to feel safe, secure and respected. I will continue to do all I can in Parliament to call for more action to tackle the epidemic of violence against women and girls and ensure my constituents feel safe in their homes and on the streets.”