An introduction to the Centre for Women's Justice: footage from our Southwest of England Launch event
‘Emily’– 'Emily' was married to a police officer who was extremely violent and controlling. She eventually reported a rape but was too fearful to rely on his colleagues to investigate. She subsequently experienced both harassment and cover-up by the police. In this talk she speaks about the struggle to hold the police to account, the long term impact of trauma resulting from male violence and her plans to link with others in making change for the future.
Stacey Hyde– Stacey was convicted of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment, at the age of 17 after killing a violent man who attacked her. With the support of Justice for Women, she appealed her murder conviction and was acquitted at retrial after serving five years in prison. Here she speaks about her battle for justice.
‘Lisa’– 'Lisa' was a social and environmental activist who had a six year relationship with a fellow activist, who she discovered was not who he said he was. Her exposure of Mark Kennedy as a police spy led to the unravelling of a scandalous practice of police surveillance and institutionalised sexism that had been kept hidden for over 40 years. Here she speaks about how together with seven other women, she brought a ground breaking legal case that resulted in a historic victory and public apology from the police. Further information about this and similar cases can be found at Police Spies Out of Lives.
Folami Prehaye - Folami is an activist and survivor of image-based sexual abuse (aka revenge pornography) and has first-hand experience dealing with IBSA. She has used her experience to found her website VOIC (Victims of Internet Crime: Speak Out!).
Sarah Ditum - Sarah is a feminist and journalist who writes for the New Statesman, Guardian and many other titles. Her work covers abortion rights, male violence, science, media sexism and books. In this video, Sarah discusses how the media shapes perceptions of sexual violence and role of the state.
Ugo Hayter - Ugo is an associate solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn. She specialises in public law (particularly judicial review and human rights cases) and in actions against the police. Here she speaks about acting on behalf on female trafficking victims: bringing claims against their traffickers and challenging police and Home Office failures to adequately investigate and prosecute traffickers.
Dr Geetanjali Gangoli - Geetanjali is senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. She has worked on violence against women and feminist movements in India with a special emphasis on legal activism. She has also researched on issues around sex work, trafficking and social policy in South Asia. In this talk, she discusses research on 'honour-based' violence and policing.
Tracey Earnshaw, an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate working in Domestic Abuse Specialist Courts across Cornwall: On the pros and cons of Domestic Abuse Specialist Courts and how to ensure victims of DV get help and justice through the criminal justice system
Fiona McGhie - Fiona trained and qualified as a solicitor as Irwin Mitchel, specialising in civil liberties and human rights law in the Public Law & Human Rights department. In this talk, Fiona discusses challenging local authorities and safeguarding children from abuse.
Phillippa Kaufmann QC speaking about the police failures surrounding the serial rapist, John Worboys, and holding them to account
Karon Monaghan QC discussing how the law often fails to deal with failures in the state's response to sexual violence.