Publications

Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act

This report sets out growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experience of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report. Women and girls are slightly less likely than men and boys to be detained under the Mental Health Act. In 2016/17, 21,291 women and girls and 22,716 men and boys were detained.

Using restorative justice approaches to police domestic violence and abuse

The use of restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse is highly controversial. While little is known about how restorative approaches are used by the police, recent research shows they are used on a widespread basis to respond to domestic abuse throughout England and Wales (Westmarland et al, 2018). This study delves deeper, to look at 62 cases within one police force. Qualitative police data extracted from force systems were analysed to discover in what type of domestic abuse incidents restorative approaches are used, and what type of approaches are used.

House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse: Rights of Women submission

Rights of Women submission to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Domestic Abuse. This response concentrates on access to legal aid for women survivors. Legal aid was not a specific area of enquiry under the Government consultation, despite its relevance and ability to impact on the success of a wide range of measures that are proposed as inclusions in the Bill. 

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