'We need to address male violence' Nazir Afzal says more must be done to stop violence against women

An advisor to the Welsh Government said we need to address why violence against women happens in the first instance.

Nazir Afzal was a former chief prosecutor who prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the UK, including the Rochdale grooming gang and the former TV presenter Stuart Hall.

He has fought in favour of women's rights and against forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called honour killings.

Nazir said it is vital we address misogyny, "the root cause" of violence against women.

Nazir said there are laws in place including the 2015 Act, which was the first law tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence and the Domestic Abuse Bill that followed. But he said: "It's about ensuring those laws are then put into practice."

He added: "It's about ensuring that the NGOs are in the room and they provide us with whatever learning and expertise they have.

"It's about ensuring that all the various public sector partners, health, policing etc work together and, you know, literally on a daily basis or weekly basis."

Speaking on ITV Cymru Wales' Face To Face, Nazir told Adrian Masters that they are trying to ensure that whatever is working in some parts of Wales is adopted across the whole country to avoid a "postcode lottery" where some areas may receive better services than others.

His message comes at a time when Welsh Women's Aid have described violence towards women as being "endemic across society".

Face To Face is on ITV Cymru Wales on Thursday at 10:45pm and later online.

For advice and information you can visit the following:

  • Live Fear Free - 0808 80 10 800 - provides help and advice about violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

  • BAWSO - 08007318147 - provides specialist services to victims and people from BAME communities affected by domestic abuse.

  • Dyn Wales - 0808 801 0321 - for heterosexual, gay, bisexual and trans men who are experiencing domestic abuse from a partner.

  • Respect phoneline - freephone 0808 8024040. Provides help for domestic violence perpetrators, as well as victims.