Vera to Chair the Labour Commission on Women's Safety

At the invitation of Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Vera is Chair of the Labour Commission on Women’s Safety.

It will investigate whether Coalition cuts and policy changes are starting to endanger women’s safety. With cuts to street lighting and public transport, unstaffed trains, women’s violence services under pressure, legal aid cuts and damaging proposals such as halving sentences for rape guilty pleas, there is a concern that this boys’ public school-run Government has neither cultural affinity understanding of women’s isues. Are women being put into danger?

The Commission will be going nationwide to find out what is happening

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Legal aid bill threat to abused women

Read Vera’s letter to the Guardian

Family Law legal aid cuts will add to court costs and license more domestic violence

Vera tells the Huffington Post why Family Law legal aid cuts will add to court costs and license more domestic violence.

Read the article in the Huffington Post.

Justice for Jane Clough

Vera is pleased to have written a new clause into the Legal Aid Bill for the ‘Justice for Jane Clough’ Campaign and got the Shadow Justice Minister to propose it in the House of Commons. “The Government has accepted it in principle but it must go into this Bill and not be delayed because it will save lives”


Here is Julie Bindel’s excellent piece from the Guardian and Vera’s piece on the Justice for

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Astraea Research: Solicitors Questionnaire

Research Project: Responses to Rape Questionnaire for Solicitors

Astraea: Gender Justice (Research) is undertaking a small research project on the responses of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to applications made by survivors / victims of rape. Because we are aware that solicitors are approached by victims / survivors of rape and/or advertise their services in respect of applications for CICA compensation, it is important that solicitors’ perspectives are included in this study.

Astraea would be extremely grateful for your co-operation in responding to this questionnaire. To answer questions, please tick the appropriate box. Where you think it is helpful

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The Centre for Criminal Appeals

Vera is pleased to have been elected Chair of the Board of Directors and a Trustee of the Centre for Criminal Appeals. CCA is in process of being registered as a charity. Her co-directors are well-known crusading solicitor Glyn Maddocks and project manager and pioneer of the US Innocence Project, Emily Bolton. The Centre for Criminal Appeals (CCA) is a new “access to justice” initiative which is currently in its start-up phase. Its mission will be to work to overturn unsafe convictions by providing investigation and direct legal representation on Criminal Appeal cases in England and Wales. It aims

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Seminar: Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and the Media

September 21st 2011 “Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and the Media” was the title of a seminar Vera was pleased to deliver with Lord Collins and the journalist Joshua Rosenberg, for the University College London Constitution Unit. The discussion was held under Chatham House rules and a summary will be published shortly.

Decimating women's rights

If the Coalition wants to win back women voters, they must ditch the disastrous domestic violence provisions in their Legal Aid Bill…

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National Conference: Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews

Vera spoke at a National Conference in Nottingham on “Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews”.

Here are the slides: Domestic Homicide Reviews-21st Sept. 2011.

Opening the Courts to TV might open up Justice