Centre for Women’s Justice: Training on police failings

CWJ works to hold state bodies to account for failings around gender-based violence, with a particular focus on the criminal justice system.

How will I benefit by attending this course?

We deliver a training package to empower frontline advocates to challenge inadequate policing and prosecution decisions. We build on access to resources on police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance, the law around policing gender-based violence and use of civil remedies such as police complaints, Victims’ Right to Review (VRR), judicial review and civil claims. We are lawyers with extensive experience of challenging failings through these remedies.

Our training is tailored to the areas of interest and needs of each organisation, and spans anything from one hour to three half day sessions. The training is participatory, with discussion of case studies and advocates’ experiences, and includes a detailed toolkit, including sample letters for police complaints and requests.

CWJ has established a Legal Reference Panel of lawyers who specialise in civil remedies for police failings and are available to give pro bono advice on the phone to frontline advocates on individual cases. Sometimes it may be possible for cases to be taken on by lawyers on the panel. In future we plan to recruit volunteer paralegals who can assist local women’s organisations to prepare individual complaints, VRRs or other steps.

Course dates:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

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Issues covered in training to date include:

  • Civil remedies for challenging the police:
  • Victim’s Right to Review;
  • Police complaints;
  • Judicial review;
  • Civil claims against the police
  • Criminal offences involving gender-based violence
  • Survivors being cautioned
  • Bail
  • Civil injunctions and arrests for breach of injunctions
  • Relationship between police and CPS in charging decisions
  • CPS decisions not to prosecute
  • CPS disclosure
  • Self-defence and counter-allegations
  • Withdrawals and retractions by survivors
  • Women sexually harassed or exploited by police officers
  • Investigations following domestic homicide
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Standards in rape cases
  • Revenge pornography
  • Supporting survivors reporting an offence
  • Support for vulnerable and high-risk women
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
  • Obtaining disclosure of police records


Full Women’s Aid Members:

Trainer profile:

Please contact Nogah Ofer to find out more and to arrange the training.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]k

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