Help for victims fleeing rape

Self-help Tool 2 Grounds to Remain

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Vulnerable Witness Guidance

Self-help Tool 4 Vulnerable Witness Guidance

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Challenging Home Office refusals

Self-help tool 5 Gender Issues in the Asylum Claim

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A SELF-HELP GUIDE: DEFENDING YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF FROM UNWARRANTED SEPARATION

Click to download: Self-Help Children

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Charlie Gard’s case shows why our family courts must lift their secrecy

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/charlie-gard-case-family-courts-secrecy-child-protection

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Questions about your family situation

Please email your answers to law@legalactionforwomen.net to help us know what your situation is and the help you might need. Any information you send is confidential.

Do you live in London or outside?

How many children do you have?

Are your children living with you?  If not, where are they?

How old are they?

Are you a single parent?

Is the children’s father on their birth certificate?

When did your case start?

Have you suffered domestic violence?  Did you report it?  What was the outcome?

Do you or your children have a disability?

Are social services/CAFCASS involved in your case?

What stage is your case at now e.g. do you have any court cases, meetings with social services or CAFCAS coming up?

If so what date and what are they about?

Do you have a lawyer and if so what firm are they from and what are they saying they can do to help you?

Do you have other support from friends, family, carers?

What particular help do you need?

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Support not Separation launched at moving powerful meeting

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Thank you to all who attended the launch of the coalition Support not Separation (SnS) on 11 July. The room was packed. People spoke movingly and with great power from their own experience. Four MPs attended: Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow minister for children and families; Sarah Champion, shadow minister for women and equalities; shadow chancellor John McDonnell; and Mohammad Yasin, newly elected to represent Bedford.

The detailed report below has quotes from those who spoke and lists the proposals made; you can also watch the speeches.

If you would like to join or to be involved in other ways, including by helping with case work, please let us know. SnS’s statement of aims, members so far are on LAW’s website and you can download the dossier Suffer the little Children & their Mothers.

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27 July 2017 · 6:24 pm

JOIN FAMILY COURT PROTESTS IN LONDON 2 AUG & 5 SEP

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Protest outside Central Family Court: Value the world’s mothers and children – part of International Women’s Strike events on International Women’s Day 8 March 2017

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See video & article in The Independent here

 At the protest we handed in an Open Letter to Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England & Wales asking to meet with him to convey our concerns about the discrimination mothers face in the family court.  See our letter below:

Dear Sir James Munby,

Valuing Mothers and Children

We write to respectfully request a meeting with you.

We are mothers and organisations struggling against the unjust separation of children from their mothers, and today, International Women’s Day, we are protesting outside the Family Court. We are deeply concerned about the rise in the number of children being taken into care, forced to have contact or live with neglectful, vindictive and violent fathers, or adopted against the wishes of their mothers and of the children themselves. Continue reading

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SUPPORT  NOT  SEPARATION

A coalition to end the unwarranted and damaging separation

of children from their mother or other primary carer

 

LAUNCH:

Tuesday 11 July 6-8pm

Wilson Room in Portcullis House, Westminster,  SW1A 2JR

Westminster tube   Wheelchair accessible

(Please allow time to go through security.)

All welcome

SPEAKERS:

Organisations and individuals directly affected.

Hosted by Emma Lewell-Buck MP

For information contact: Legal Action for Women

law@allwomencount.net  020 7482 2496

The unwarranted removal of children is not an aberration of the past or The Handmaid’s Tale of the future. Thousands of mothers are being labelled ‘unfit’ and treated as mere surrogates right now.

 

Parliament, 18 Jan 2017

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