The government has been criticised by the UN, who say they lack ‘a consistent and coherent’ approach to violence against women. They warn that this austerity agenda will only serve to further undermine the safety of the vulnerable.
This news comes after the UN special rapporteur on violence against women was leaked. The report called for an urgent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood, which is Britain’s largest immigration centre for women and has had a number of abuse allegations against detainees.
While the issue of domestic violence has been made a priority in the UK, the senior UN official concluded that the “isolated pockets of good practice” are compromised by the “lack of a consistent and coherent human-rights based approach in the government’s response to violence against women and girls”.
South African academic Rashida Manjoo also criticises the Home Office for refusing requests to investigate Yarl’s Wood...