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A “radical shift” is needed in the way we treat the “epidemic” of violence against women and girls, a major report on domestic violence has concluded today.

The watchdog report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) was commissioned by the Home Secretary in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder in March. It was based on over 5,000 survey responses and interviews with victims, members of the public, police forces and practitioners.

Its findings make for sombre reading. On average, a woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK, and over 1.6 million female victims of domestic abuse were recorded in the year to March 2020. Four out of five victims of online abuse were women and girls, and almost 900,000 women were victims of stalking last year.