Women’s Aid comments on Sally Challen’s appeal verdict
Thursday 28th February 2019
Today, Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered on a charge of murder.
Sian Hawkins, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Women’s Aid, said:
“Sally Challen and her children experienced decades of controlling abuse at the hands of her late husband; this important contextual information was never considered when she was convicted of murder. We therefore welcome this decision to quash Sally Challen’s murder conviction. However, it is a bittersweet victory for Sally, her son, David and their family with the court ordering a retrial on a murder charge. We at Women’s Aid campaigned for coercive control to be recognised in law and have been working to raise awareness about this devastating form of abuse. It is clear from the verdict today that some progress has been made in relation to society’s understanding of coercive control. David Challen and his family have made a huge impact in raising awareness about Sally’s story and coercive control. We at Women’s Aid stand in solidarity with David, Sally and their family and friends. We will continue to support the #FreeSallyChallen campaign and raise awareness about coercive control across society.”
For further information read this news story in the Guardian.
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