Many women are wrongly criminalised and/or disproportionately punished for resisting male violence. This is due to a lack of understanding of domestic violence in the criminal justice system. Help us provide legal advice to women so that they may appeal wrongful convictions and unjust sentences.
Our research on Women who Kill, published in February 2021, revealed the devastating combination of criminal justice failures from before arrest to post conviction which has caused so many miscarriages of justice. Legal aid and expertise to help appeal convictions is extremely limited. Unable to secure further legal advice, these women are serving long prison sentences, separated from their children, and demonised by the media and society
CWJ’s lawyers and wider panel members have represented women who have successfully appealed murder convictions (including the recent cases of Sally Challen and Farieissia Martin). Our research has provided us with an extensive network of useful contacts. With funding for legal advice we can help women who have reached out to us for help, who are currently languishing in prison. Funds will help pay for work reviewing cases, paying for experts and preparing appeals where there are grounds