Ministers shelve pledge on women’s safety

Charities and opposition MPs criticise delays in introducing new legal rights for those who have suffered violenceThe government has been accused of failing women who have been subjected to sexual, psychological and violent abuse after it emerged that a clutch of new laws and codes to protect them have been shelved.

Among the proposed measures were laws to stop rape victims from being cross-examined in court about their previous sexual history, and tougher action on domestic violence. Both have now been sidelined.

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