The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing. ”

Edmund Burke

Fighting for Women's Rights has too often become synonymous with man hating. This has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is: "The belief that men and women should have equal opportunities."”

— Emma Watson Actress, UN Goodwill Ambassador

Violence Against Women and Call for UK Family Court Reform

"The devastating truth is that access to justice is simply not available for many victims of Domestic Violence, up and down the country, because of this Government’s changes to LEGAL AID. 

For victims who do make it to the family courts, the ordeal does not stop there. Survivors frequently report being re-traumatised in the family court room, with the perpetrator allowed to continue their abuse by manipulating the court process. Women are still routinely cross-examined in front of or even by the perpetrator in what can be a deeply traumatising process; and outside the courtroom, survivors can come face to face with the perpetrator.

Our justice system is designed to protect the perpetrator not the victim.

Gloria D Piero, Labour MP for Ashfield 18th July, 2018 Parliamentary Debate, Child First Campaign

Domestic Violence Bill - Latest News July 2018

What you tolerate you cannot change”

Mike Murdoch - Preacher and Author

#ChildFirst Campaign - Women's Aid 

Latest Parliamentary Transcript of the debate on domestic abuse and the family courts led by Jess Phillips MP, 2:30pm - 4:30pm 19 July 2018, can be viewed here https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-07-18/debates/FB94A1F2-10A5-4B4D-AC5A-6C9BECC3B611/DomesticAbuseVictimsAndFamilyCourts

 

LEGAL AID:

The consequences of LASPO.

The cuts imposed by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment Offenders (LASPO) Act came into effect in 2013 with the aim of cutting the Legal Aid Budget by £350 million in the area of family, immigration, welfare, benefits, employment and clinical negligence.  The results for victims of Domestic Violence have been catastrophic with DV victims being forced with the choice to either represent themselves in court cases or stay in an abusive or violent relationship. 

Victims representing themselves has risen 147% since LASPO's introduction. 

We need a review and reform on Means-tested Legal Aid to make it more accessible to victims.  Read the full report from 2014 here: The consequences of LASPO.

"Stand up for what is right, your voice is not small and everyone of us can affect change.  We need to be come active in our government and local communities. We need a seat at the table to have our voices heard and our needs met.   

We need women's political participation. May we empower each other to carry out such vision. It's not enough to just believe in it, we must work at it."    Meghan Markle - Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex & Advocate for UN Women

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