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25 years on: March with Justice for Women

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Reclaim the Night

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March with us at Reclaim the Night: A March to End Violence Against Women

25 years ago Justice for Women campaigned with others, to free Sara Thornton, Kiranjit Ahluwalia and Amelia Rossiter, three women had been convicted of murder whilst resisting male violence. All three successfully appealed their murder convictions and their cases resulted in changes to the law on provocation and a greater awareness of domestic violence. Since then, Justice for Women have supported many more significant cases at the Court of Appeal including that of Emma Humphreys and most recently Stacey Hyde.

Despite earlier cases contributing to changes in the law, including recognition of the cumulative provocation of domestic violence, and despite a reform of the law in 2009, with the defence of ‘loss of control’ replacing that of ‘provocation’, women who have fought back out of fear and desperation, are still being unjustly convicted of the murder of their abusers.

Justice for Women launched a new campaign on 25 October to free Sally Challen, Farieissia Martin and Emma-Jayne Magson (more details below). Show your support for these women and others by marching with Justice for Women at Reclaim the Night: A march to end violence against women.

Register to march with Justice for Women, and we'll be in touch with details of our meeting point.

This is a women-only march which will end with mixed rally at the Camden Centre

Speakers include:

• Harriet Wistrich of Justice for Women
• Stella Creasey MP
• Not Buying it Campaign

Further details (including the route) from the Reclaim the Night organsier can be found here

More about the cases:

Farieissia Martin

In 2014 Farieissia’s violent partner, Kyle, attacked her and attempted to strangle her. In order to defend herself and in fear of her life, Farieissia reached for anything to help stop him. Kyle died as a result of a single stab wound to the heart. At the age of just 22, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 13 years and separated from her two young children. During the trial the full history of serious domestic violence was not explored and no mental health assessment was undertaken despite significant evidence of depression and trauma. These two issues are being explored further with a view to lodging grounds of appeal in the near future.

Sally Challen

Sally was convicted the murder of her husband, Richard Challen, in June 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years reduced to 18 on appeal. She was only 15 when she first met Richard and 56 at the time of the offence that took place after years of extreme control and humiliation. He would not allow her to have her own friends and expected her to service him in all ways. He used ‘gas lighting’ a form of psychological manipulation, which leads the victim to doubt her own sanity. In January 2017, she lodged grounds of appeal against conviction relying on fresh evidence of ‘coercive control’, a relatively new concept only introduced into English law in 2015. Additional psychiatric evidence also combines to support the partial defences of diminished responsibility and provocation.

Emma-Jayne Magson

23-year old Emma had recently left a relationship with an abusive man who had hospitalized her when she met and fell in love with James. Over the months they were together James became increasingly controlling, jealous and physically aggressive. In March 2016, after a night out the couple argued and James became violent, kicking and pushing her and finally putting his hands around her throat. In a moment of terror, Emma reached into the sink behind her and lashed out, stabbing him once. At her trial the court were not informed of the history of abuse she had suffered or that which she had witnessed growing up, nor was her mental health fully explored. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 17 years. Emma has a two-year old daughter.

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