Rebecca Roberts, Senior Policy Associate at the Centre, argues that women should be central to challenging gender violence, inequality and criminal justice harm.
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Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police wants the police to have the right to access sensitive medical data without consent, reports The Guardian. He said that dealing with vulnerable groups now makes up 70% of police work and that speedy access to medical records would give the police a better understanding of the people they are expected to help.
DMSS have released a report which analyses the risk factors associated with negative outcomes across the life course for women and girls. These poor outcomes include: involvement in the criminal justice system; homelessness; sexual exploitation; mental health problems; and, substance misuse.
The report found, amongst other things, that:
Charities have warned that the widespread closure of women's refuges will have devastating consequences for women who are victims of domestic violence. Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said 'we are at crisis point...due to ongoing cuts to local funding and poor commissioning practices'. She went on to say that without refuge provision women will face the choice of either fleeing to live on the streets or remaining with their abuser.
Davina James-Hanman, Director of Ava, explains why our call to 'empower women, resist injustice and transform lives' is of direct relevance to the violence against women sector.
Laurel Townhead on the future plans for Justice Matters for Women.
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.