Women’s Aid comments on Oscar Pistorius sentencing

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“We welcome today’s verdict sentencing Oscar Pistorius to prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp but the reduced length of his sentence (six years) for a crime that carries a minimum sentence of 15 years cannot be ignored. This reduced sentence highlights the lack of value placed on women’s lives. In her sentencing Judge Masipa said there was no indication that Reeva was in an abusive relationship and that this is not a case of gender violence.

We hope that this does not discourage victims of domestic abuse from coming forward and seeking justice. At a time when on average two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a partner or ex-partner we must continue to drive the culture change needed to keep women safe from male violence.

Today’s verdict, though unsatisfactory, will hopefully bring some comfort to Reeva’s family who have endured so much pain.”


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