Violence Against Women
4 CommonSpace articles shortlisted for Write to End Violence Against Women awards
Two articles from Caitlin Logan’s special investigation into women’s experience of domestic abuse courts in August have been shortlisted.
FOUR CommonSpace articles have been shortlisted for the annual Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.
SNP MP launches 'crucial' bid for reform to Universal Credit over domestic abuse risk
An SNP MP wants to use new domestic abuse legislation to close a Universal Credit loophole which leaves claimants open to financial abuse by their partners
NEW DOMESTIC ABUSE legislation at Westminster could be used to reform Universal Credit payments to protect people from financial abuse, announcing plans to amend government proposals Dr Philipa Whitford said the change was "crucial".
Podcast: Making justice 'worth it' for survivors of domestic abuse
CommonSpace sits down with the experts to learn more about how the criminal justice system works for domestic abuse survivors
COMMONSPACE JOURNALIST Caitlin Logan sits down with Scottish Women’s Rights Centre solicitor Sarah Crawford, clinical psychologist and domestic abuse expert Dr Mairead Tagg, and SNP councillor Julie McKenzie who was the victim in two domestic abuse cases which saw her former partner convicted.
We ask, is the Scottish justice system working for suvivors of domestic abuse, and what can happen to ensure it does?
Anonymous: My journey to speaking out on the rape and abuse my partner inflicted
Writing anonynously, a domestic abuse and rape survivor shares her journey towards deciding to speak out
[Content note: Description of domestic abuse and rape.]
IN MAY 2017, I decided to report something that I’d spent the last seven months remembering, contemplating, processing and finally coming to terms with.
Court process can “cause as much damage” for victims as domestic abuse, say women’s rights advocates
Despite progress, experts say systemic change is needed to ensure domestic abuse survivors do not feel “let down” by the courts
SCOTLAND’S COURTS system must be reformed to better support domestic abuse and rape survivors who can find the process “as traumatic as the abuse”, according to campaign and advocacy organisations.
Making justice 'worth it': Domestic abuse survivors say change is needed if victims are to have confidence in the legal system
CommonSpace speaks to four women who have been through the courts in domestic abuse cases to learn how the system works for them
“HIS ABUSIVE pattern was without a doubt back in full force and I was beginning to realise it had never really gone. People were being hurt by him once again. I needed to speak the truth.”
Exclusive: SNP councillor who faced domestic abuse speaks out on being “put through hell” in court
Oban councillor Julie McKenzie says she hopes to help other women by challenging a system which is “stacked against victims”
SNP COUNCILLOR at Argyle and Bute Council Julie McKenzie has spoken out on her experience as a victim in two court cases which saw her former partner convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour.
In an interview with CommonSpace, McKenzie was one of four women to detail the harrowing impacts of going through a court process which she believes is “stacked against victims”.
Susan Rae: It's wrong to link football results to domestic abuse - abusers will abuse whether England win or lose
Susan Rae (@sjsusa), Common Weal activist and Domestic Abuse professional, argues that an infographic shared on social media linking rising domestic abuse to England losing football matches sends out the wrong message – abusers will abuse regardless of football results
DOMESTIC ABUSE will not rise by 38 per cent in England tonight if their football team loses. It will not rise by 38 per cent in Scotland if England win. The result, I will wager, will not influence the amount of domestic abuse that exists in Croatia.
How Spain’s feminist uprising is bringing women together across social and political divides
A Basque Country activist and professor tells CommonSpace why a controversial rape trial has sparked mass feminist protests
FOR THE second time this year, Spanish women have taken to the streets in their thousands to protest the country’s patriarchal systems – this time, taking aim at the criminal justice system.
Last week, a court in Pamplona ruled that five men were guilty of ‘sexually abusing’ an 18-year-old woman during the city’s bulls festival in 2016, but acquitted them on charges of gang rape, resulting in significantly lighter sentences.