Rebecca Roberts, Senior Policy Associate at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, details the need for a bold and unapologetic agenda to bring about real change for women.
justice matters for women
During March we held two really interesting and challenging Justice Matters events.
On Monday, 24th March we held the 'Justice Matters partners' event, focusing on the initiative as a whole. Though relatively small in number, the discussion among those who attended was excellent.
My colleague Will McMahon introduced the thinking behind the Justice Matters initiative. You can read what he said here.
Laurel Townhead on the future plans for Justice Matters for Women.
Find out what happened at the Justice Matters for Women event last week.
A critical report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says that victims of domestic violence faced a 'lottery' in the way they are treated. Theresa May, Home Secretary, has called for a 'radical change', saying that she would chair a group to consider the findings of the report, and the way only 8 police forces out of 43 responded well to women, according to BBC News.
Laurel Townhead argues in favour of prioritising women’s goals – rather than the goals of criminal justice.
A report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents findings from the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women, revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online. As well as demonstrating the wide prevalence of violence against adult women, the report also details incidents of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.
The report finds that:
Rejecting criminal justice as the starting point for a conversation about reducing harms for women is destabilising. How can we take this challenging agenda forward?
Most people will be familiar with ‘Lady Justice’ – a statue or picture of a woman often blindfolded, holding a set of scales. Lady Justice is intended to represent objectivity and impartiality in the legal system.
Helen Mills argues we can't rely on criminal justice to address violence against women.