Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases

Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases Exclusive: case of two complainants funded by Equality and Human Rights Commission forces U-turn Alexandra Topping The Guardian Thu 16 Jul 2020   The Crown Prosecution Service and police have been forced to scrap controversial “digital strip searches” of rape complainants, following a legal … Read more

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner

We are facing the ‘decriminalisation of rape’, warns victims’ commissioner Dame Vera Baird says there has been a ‘catastrophic’ decline in rape prosecutions Haroon Siddique The Guardian Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.01 BSTLast modified on Tue 14 Jul 2020 00.09 BST  Dame Vera Baird said complainants were being denied justice. In the year ending March 2017 the CPS prosecuted … Read more

DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL BRIEFING TO HOUSE OF LORDS

DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL BRIEFING TO HOUSE OF LORDS The Domestic Abuse Bill is due for second reading in the House of Lords followed by Committee stage, when amendments can be put. We don’t know the date for either of these yet (watch this space) but we will be sending this briefing to some members of … Read more

Briefing 4: Report Stage Domestic Abuse Bill

Briefing 4: Report Stage Domestic Abuse Bill From Women Against Rape and Support Not Separation REPORT STAGE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL, Monday 6 July We daily work with mothers who have suffered domestic violence and are fighting in the family court to protect their children from abusive fathers. Our experiences of sexism, racism, class and other … Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Re government announcement to review the family courts

PRESS RELEASE: Re government announcement to review the family courts Why another review when all the facts are known? Where are the resources for mothers and children? We welcome the government’s announcement that the family courts must do more to protect victims of domestic violence, and that the presumption that a child’s contact with both … Read more

BRIEFING 3: REPORT STAGE DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL

25 June: Oppose amendment proposed by Jess Phillips MP which would include children in the definition of victims of domestic abuse.   We are inundated with cases of mothers who’ve suffered domestic violence fighting in the family court to protect their children from abusive fathers.  Based on our experience over many years, we are very concerned … Read more

Women’s group urges Parliament to reject ‘misogynistic’ MP’s amendments to Domestic Abuse Bill

Morning Star, 9 June 2020 Lamiat Sabin A WOMEN’S rights group called on Parliament today to reject “wrecking amendments” to the Domestic Abuse Bill proposed by Tory MP Philip Davies, who they say has a “misogynistic” record. The Shipley MP has said that attempts to use a child as a “weapon” by keeping them away … Read more

Investigation into violent fathers using allegations of “parental alienation” in the family courts

Further to the Briefing by Women Against Rape & Support Not Separation (8 June) to the Domestic Abuse Bill Committee. Legal Action for Women, which coordinates the Support Not Separation Coalition, holds regular self-help meetings with mothers fighting to protect their children. In our self-help meeting last week, six women came together to discuss how … Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Domestic Abuse Bill must go further and ensure family courts protect victims not perpetrators

The Domestic Abuse Bill is now going through Committee stage in parliament when amendments are considered.  Some of its measures are welcome, but it must go further to stop violent fathers using the family courts to continue their reign of terror against women and children and avoid prosecution.  The Bill must: End the legal presumption … Read more

BRIEFING 2 RE: DOMESTIC ABUSE BILL

on behalf of Women Against Rape and the Support Not Separation Coalition Submitted to Public Bill Committee, 8 June 2020 Women Against Rape (WAR) is a multi-racial women’s organisation founded in 1976. It provides support, advocacy and information in individual cases. It campaigns for justice, protection and compensation for all women and girls, including asylum … Read more