Simpson Millar LLP Welcomes Yvette Cooper for LWSC Consultation


Today we will be hosting the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, campaigner for the Labour Women's Safety Commission (LWSC), a group set up to end to violence against women and girls.

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Proposals to End Violence

A panel of experts from all walks of life, including police officers, local support organisations, experts from the legal profession, and local schools will all come together to continue a series of debates set out by the Labour Women's Safety Commission. In particular, Emma Pearmaine, Partner and Head of Family Law at Simpson Millar LLP, No more 'Page 3' campaigner Sarah Faulkner, Eman Badin of the West Yorkshire Police, and Gogglebox star Anglican Priest Kate Bottley will be present to discuss a number of proposals, which will form a new piece of law aimed at ending violence.

When asked about the event, Emma Pearmaine said, "Violence against women and girls is pervasive, I am delighted that the LWSC has joined us for its first debate which will help form vital policy to affect real change." This debate comes at a time when there has been much discussion around the law and how it affects women and girls who experience violence at the hands of people that are well known to them, and often intimate partners.

Topics Up for Discussion

The event will look at the experience of young women who are growing up in society today, highlighting:
  • The increasing prevalence of violence in teen relationships
  • The ease at which very young children can access violent pornography
  • The growing number of young girls being victims of 'Revenge Porn' and the explosion of social media

Ending violence against women and girls has been a priority within the UK, but across the globe with events such as the Girl Summit, the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict co-chaired by William Hague the Foreign Secretary and UK's fight to put tighter restrictions on the perpetrators of domestic violence.

Violence Against Women on the Increase

Met Commander Christine Jones has already spoken out this week about the attitudes in the UK towards women and sexual violence. She compared the level of violence that women suffer now to that in the 80's, 90's and the 2000's and how the level of accepted violence is probably higher now than it was through all 3 of those decades. She, in particular, is looking at measures to target the perpetrators of domestic violence; such as stopping them from using their vehicles to commit crimes or removing them from their homes for breaching tenancy agreements.

Representatives from the TUC, CWU and GMB Yorkshire will also be attending the event in Leeds today, as well as the Interim CEO of Women's Aid Kathryn Awe-Cunningham and others.

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