Ben Blakeley guilty of murdering pregnant 17 year old ex girlfriend Jayden Parkinson

Jayden ParkinsonThe ex boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson has been found guilty of her murder. Ben Blakeley, from Reading, strangled the 17 year old and buried her in his uncle’s grave in Didcot, Oxfordshire, last December. (BBC News)



Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:


“The death of 17 year old Jayden Parkinson and her unborn baby is a tragedy. My thoughts are with Jayden’s family at this unbearable time.

Shockingly, Jayden’s story is all too common. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner – a sickening death toll.

This horrific crime knows no social boundaries. Refuge knows of girls as young as 15 who have been killed by a current or former partner – and women as old as 87.

It is unacceptable that women and children continue to die in such huge numbers in this country. And it is a national disgrace that so many of these women and children are let down by the police and other agencies when they reach out for help and support.

Just last week, for example, a report into the death of Natalie Esack showed that Kent Police missed opportunities to protect her from her violent husband. Two weeks ago another report came to a similar, depressing conclusion – finding that Essex Police and the CPS could have done more to protect Eystna Blunnie.  Like Jayden, Eystna was in her teens and was pregnant when she was murdered by her ex partner.

These are only the most recent cases in a relentless stream of reports and investigations that tell us the same thing, over and over again: the State is failing to protect women and children up and down the country.

That is why Refuge is calling on the Government to open a public inquiry into the response of the police and other state agencies to victims of domestic violence.  How many more women and children must die before we see real change?  How many reports must be published before victims of domestic violence are given the protection they deserve?

I urge you to join Refuge’s call for a public inquiry by signing our petition.”