Access to Justice for Women & Girls during Covid-19 Pandemic

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Access to Justice for Women & Girls during Covid-19 Pandemic

Access to Justice for Women & Girls during Covid-19 Pandemic

A joint report by our sisters at The End Violence Against Women & Girls, Rape Crisis England & Wales, The Centre for Women's Justice, Imkaan and Rights of Women, into impacts of pandemic on family and criminal courts for victims and survivors of Violence Against Women & Girls.
 
PURPOSE OF THIS BRIEFING
This joint briefing seeks to highlight how the difficulties women and girls already have in accessing justice and protection, from both the criminal and family courts, are being exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with new barriers to justice and protection caused by the necessary public health measures. The paper looks at what may change in terms of women’s access to justice and protection as restrictions ease, and as our society adapts to ongoing vigilance and preparedness for reintroduction of public health restrictions.
 
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
We will all now live with a degree of threat from Covid-19 to ourselves and our families for some time, and in a state of preparedness for further isolation and even localised lockdowns and
disruption to normal life. We need to have criminal and family justice systems which build around this preparedness while ensuring all women’s access to justice and protection. Ongoing public policy responding to the pandemic needs to have comprehensive regard to inequalities related to all protected characteristics. This should be a public policy priority.
 
 

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