We want to hear from you so we can make society fairer for women like you, women like us. We value your experiences. All responses will remain anonymous.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Look out for the report on 15 July 2020.
Black and minority ethnic women are stigmatised by the criminal justice system due to systemic racism within public agencies, campaigners have warned.
We are The View Magazine, a magazine which features contributions from women in the criminal justice system and raises issues of importance to all women. We advocate for reforms and policies that are inclusive and address the needs of women in the criminal justice system with a gendered lens. We demand women are treated with dignity and given every opportunity to rehabilitate and understand how they became involved with crime. We campaign for the rights of women in the criminal justice system and champion their creativity, so they are seen and heard, within a new narrative
We want to listen to you and learn from you about how to approach the issues which discriminate against women from an ethnic minority background. We are researching domestic violence and how it may have had an impact on your life. Our goal is to include women who have been systematically mistreated by not only criminal justice system but also by other factors such as social exclusion and poverty, lack of access to decent schools and jobs so we can apply your knowledge, and present it to the government , so that they can address discrimination within the system.
The collected evidence will be used to compile a submission to inform the outcome of Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21. This Bill is a much needed piece of legislation that has been in the process of becoming law for over three years. The Bill was first introduced by Theresa May’s government last July. However, the bill was dropped and brought back in September 2019. Following its second reading on Tuesday 28 April 2020, the Public Bill Committee will meet up to scrutinise the Bill line by line and is scheduled to report by Thursday 25 June 2020.Therefore, the evidence will be presented to the bill scrutiny committee to make a compelling case for the narratives of BAME women and the history of domestic abuse to be considered as a significant factor for women in criminal justice system.
Domestic abuse is too often interlinked with offending behaviour of women in the criminal justice system. Your voice could help to explain that link and provide additional evidence to inform the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-2021. Therefore, your input is crucial to collect the evidence that could explain your lived experiences, which may also reflect the lives and experiences of thousands of other women.
The Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21 will implement changes in Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders. With the tensions of Brexit, COVID-19 and snap elections, the Bill was almost forgotten, despite reports suggesting a huge increase in domestic abuse cases which can be linked to household and services immobilisation due to pandemic. At times like these, domestic abuse and mass incarceration must be highlighted and addressed.
Your input might seem small, but it can help to open an inclusive discussion about women’s incarceration and what needs to be done to reform our justice system.
Too often, women are expected to give up their time and relive their trauma with no acknowledgement of the pain they have gone through. We want to thank you with a gift from Lush worth £10 or an accredited training course from Shaw Academy.
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