The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison, with support from the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, have issued a call to action to ‘Empower women, resist injustice and transform lives’.
The call to action states:
The harms women face are widespread yet consistently ignored. Many criminal justice interventions and support services serve to replicate and reinforce unequal gender relations rather than tackle the root causes of harm.
We are calling on others to work with us to challenge structural inequality and eradicated punishment and control in women’s lives.
The statement has been drawn up as part of the Justice Matters for Women initiative, with the support of a working group.
Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, supports the call. She says:
“It is time that violence against women and girls was seen as a failure of our society and stopped. Women who, sometimes in the aftermath of abuse, offend, should be recognised as in need of help and support and not punished, when we have failed them by not intervening to stop the abuse in the first place.”