MP's tribute to Doncaster murder victim as she reads list of domestic violence victims
Society has ‘just accepted’ dead women as ‘one of those things’ an MP has said as she paid tribute to a Doncaster murder victim by reading out a list of 118 girls of girls and women killed in the UK in domestic violence cases in the last year.
Labour's shadow domestic violence minister Jess Phillips told Parliament in an International Women’s Day debate that more needed to be done to tackle the problem.
She read out the names of women and girls killed in the UK this year, where a man has been charged or convicted as the primary perpetrator.
Among them was Amy Leanne-Stringfellow, 26, who was brutally murdered by Terence Papworth, 45, at his home in Dryden Avenue in June last year.
The former soldier was fatally beaten and stabbed by her fiancé who was on bail for assaulting her.
Since being elected in 2015, Ms Phillips has marked the annual International Women's Day debate by remembering the individuals whose lives were taken in the past twelve months.
The debate was dominated by tributes to 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who disappeared in south London on 3 March.
A Metropolitan police officer is being questioned on suspicion of murder and kidnap after human remains were found in the search for Ms Everard.
Speaking in the Commons chamber, Ms Phillips said: "In this place we count what we care about.
"We count the vaccines done, the number of people on benefits, we rule or oppose based on a count and we obsessively track that data. We love to count data of our own popularity. However, we don't currently count dead women."
"Dead women is a thing we've all just accepted as part of our daily lives," she added.
"Dead women is just one of those things. Killed women are not vanishingly rare. Killed women are common."
Listening to Ms Phillips read out the list of victims, the Labour MP, Rosie Duffield, said it was "impossible not to be overcome as those names echo round the chamber".
She said: "Every year we bring tissues, we prepare ourselves mentally as well as we can" to list to the "horrific list" but pandemic or not, she said, "women are tired having to pre-empt possible violence and risk assess every action".