Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Violence against women happens more than we think. It’s mostly committed by men, and as both a Member of Parliament, husband and dad to two daughters, I won’t stand for it.
“A huge amount of progress has been made in raising awareness of sexual and domestic abuse and the impact it has on survivors and families. There are already some excellent services working to support victims and encouraging people to come forward. Yet there is still much more to do, and on White Ribbon Day I want to send out a loud and clear message that violence against women is never acceptable in any form.
“As Shadow Justice Secretary I want victims to be aware of the help and support that is available to them and to urge people not to suffer in silence. Back in 2011 I announced a victims' law, and last year launched a Victims' Taskforce to come forward with proposals for what should be in such a law. Legally enshrined rights for victims and witnesses will place duties on courts, police, prosecution services, probation and prisons and deliver the step change for victims of violence that we need. The next Labour Government will deliver a justice system that places victims at its heart, and I want victims of violence to know if they contact the police or any other agency they will be listened to, believed and understood.
“There’s never an excuse for violence against women, and on White Ribbon Day I join with thousands of men across the UK and beyond and pledge never to condone it.”
Find out more about White Ribbon Day here.