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End this cruel punishment of victims of domestic violence

Years of abuse at the hands of her partner culminated in him stabbing Sacha Williams-Rowe in the stomach.

He was arrested and charged with attempted murder, and that should have been the end of her suffering. But her ordeal was far from over.

Despite spending two traumatic days giving evidence, Sacha was sent to jail when she was too terrified to testify against Lloyd Lothian at a retrial caused because the judge fell ill.

To cap it all, the charge against him was reduced, he got a light sentence and will be out in weeks.

This Government, like previous ones, has ­insisted it would get tough on domestic violence. So have the police and the justice system.

So how is it that a woman wounded so badly she nearly died in hospital gets sent to prison? Something is seriously wrong.

It’s incredible that in 21st Century Britain ­domestic violence can still be treated as if it has little real impact on the victim. If those who enforce law and order – whether it’s the police, lawyers or judges – don’t understand the effect on women, they shouldn’t be doing their jobs.

How could Sacha have been accused of stabbing herself at the first trial? Forced to endure two days of hostile questioning? Then jailed when too afraid to go through it again? And then for a brutal, dangerous man to get a slap on the wrist?

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke needs to issue strict guidelines. And if he won’t, David Cameron should do it himself.

Source: Mirror

4 Comments

  • kezzer86

    this is discussting what is wrong with our justice system? what would it take for the guy to get sent to prision, a murder. they have set out new social policys to tackel this situation and this is what they call justice!!!!! shocking

    January 24, 2012 - at 2:59 pm
  • Michelle Brooks

    we can bring changes to the law, however, it will take collective and sustained action 

    January 29, 2012 - at 6:50 pm
  • mandy

    injustice in our ‘justice’ system causes deaths ! i have seen figures that are shocking where it gets spent and on what . more money out of the ‘ pocket’ needs to go on prevention of domestic violence. theres certainly no detterance for perpertrators….i am a perfect example of that, being a victim. i have buried 2 children over the years because of being let down so many times. its like banging your head on a wall…screaming and not being heard…..having a voice and then being told to not speak. the government dont want to deal with cases they cant handle…so we get pushed aside and swept under a carpet in the hope we will disappear eventually. i have more hurt than i can handle physical long term injuries from attacks and mental damage grief loss pain

    February 9, 2012 - at 12:42 pm
  • mandy

    the whole system needs to work together . people need to speak out . we need a voice that gets heard . changes must be made. ones that make a difference in the right places. i cant  bring my children back ….but if i can help it so that no other mother has to go through the same pain i have……then thats a start !!!!!

    February 9, 2012 - at 12:47 pm

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