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The Sarah Everard murder: the problem with the government’s plan to make women ‘feel’ safer

The Conversation publishes the article by Dr Lisa Lazard and the Intersectional Violence Research Group

Our recent article on the “Sarah Everard murder: the problem with the government’s plan to make women ‘feel’ safer” in The Conversation arose out of our work on the Psychology of Women & Equalities Section (POWES) of The British Psychological Society. In our work on POWES we were asked to consult on the new Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy in February 2021. We were concerned about how the Home Office Consultation had decided to go about engaging members of the public for their views on VAWG. Our review revealed that there were a number of methodological and ethical problems with the Home Office survey. We decided to write two consultation response to the Home Office. The first drew attention to problems with their data collection and the second drew attention to problems and offered evidence-based recommendations to their overall strategy. Given the problems with the UK’s VAWG strategy, we decided to write an open letter based on our work to petition the government to reform their approach to dealing with gender based violence which can be found through this link.

Relevant Works:

Change. Org – Reform UK Violence Against Women and Girls Policy.

Lazard, Lisa; Beetham, Tanya; Donnelly, Lois; Thompson, Lucy and Turley, Emma (2021). British Psychological Society response to the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy 2021-2024: call for evidence. British Psychological Society.

Lazard, Lisa; Beetham, Tanya; Donnelly, Lois; Thompson, Lucy and Turley, Emma British Psychological Society response to the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy 2021-2024: Survey. British Psychological Society.

The Intersectional Violences Research Group (2021) POWES response to the UK Government’s consultation on their Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2021-2024. Available at https://powesbps.wordpress.com/blog-posts/

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