violence against women

Justice Matters for Women

What is Justice Matters for Women about?

Criminal justice fails women.

Current responses to criminalised women are seriously flawed and harmful to women. Prioritising the criminal justice system in our response to violence against women has undermined the development of more effective ways to address the harms women face.

Judge blasted by campaigners

A judge was blasted by campaigners yesterday after a a rape victim was made to sit through CCTV footage of her sickening sex attack. She was forced to relive her ordeal at the hands of Mohammed Azim as he smashed a bottle over her head, dragged her into a nearby factory by the hair and raped her for 25 minutes. Azim, 31, was convicted but charity Rape Crisis blasted the trial judge’s decision to put the victim through more pain so lawyers could quiz her about the video.

Social justice and criminal justice

Despite more than a decade in power, New Labour has failed to tackle deep-rooted social injustices, according to a collection of essays from more than 20 researchers and academics.

Historically high levels of inequality, endemic violence against women and the increasing reliance on criminal justice measures to manage social problems are just some of the themes explored in Social justice and criminal justice, published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

cjm 85: Women, violence and harm

Academics and practitioners consider the range of harms perpetrated against women in an issue guest edited by Christina Pantazis. Somali Cerise and Holly Dustin argue that a criminal justice focus detracts from offering support. Stella Vickers and Paula Wilcox highlight their work with women who have a history of abuse and Vicky Canning reports on the double victimisation of women seeking asylum.

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