Women’s Aid responds to sentencing for Oscar Pistorius
Katie Ghose, CEO, Women’s Aid, said; “We welcome the increased sentence given to Oscar Pistorius for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.
“It is hugely significant and is a step towards justice for Reeva and her family. When Pistorius was released under house arrest in October, Women’s Aid wrote that Reeva Steenkamp’s life clearly weighed less heavily in the judicial balance than Pistorius’ access to freedom.
“Lenient sentences completely undermine the severity of the offence and the lasting pain it can cause victims and their families, and it also sends out a dangerous message to other abusers.
“At Women’s Aid we will continue to call for sentences for domestic abuse to reflect the severity of the crime and to hold perpetrators accountable. Sentences for domestic abuse must ensure that justice is done, not only to improve survivors’ confidence in the criminal justice system but also to send a clear message to everyone that domestic abuse is unacceptable and that this crime is taken seriously.”