A UK-based organization called Chayn has just released a program which allows anyone with an internet connection to build their own domestic violence case without a lawyer. The guide helps individuals to collect and present evidence safely, and as this GOOD article by Rosie Spinks explains:
“If a woman has built a convincing case before approaching a legal professional, it will require less time and resources for a lawyer or NGO to help her down the line or take on her case pro-bono.”
The guide has been placed under a Creative Commons license so that it can be used and adapted freely by any NGO or agency that deals with abused or exploited women. Realizing that domestic violence is not only a UK problem but deeply affects people around the world, Cheyn designed the guide to be relevant and effective regardless of where a person lives. It is also being translated into multiple languages.
Read the full article here.
Human trafficking and domestic violence are connected:
- People who experience violence at home are more likely to fall prey to other predators. If someone is being abused, the opportunity to escape can be very appealing. If a trafficker makes a promise that involves a job and a life in another city or country, a person in an abusive situation is more likely to take the risk than someone in a healthy home environment.
- Both trafficking and domestic violence involve one or more of the following: physical and sexual violence, isolation, restricted movement, threats, emotional manipulation, control of money or documents, and using children as pawns.
- Empowering women to deal with their abusive situation at home can be a form of trafficking prevention. Way to go, Chayn!
Access the guide here.