Women’s Aid responds to Sally Challen ruling
Friday 7th June 2019
Sally Challen will not face a retrial after prosecutors accepted her manslaughter plea and, due to time she has already served, she has walked free today.
Adina Clare, Acting Co-Chief Executive for Women’s Aid, said:
The decision today is wonderful news for Sally Challen and her family. As she will have already served her sentence for the reduced sentence of manslaughter, she will finally have her freedom. The legacy of this case will be a much better understanding of coercive control and the trauma caused by ongoing abuse.
It was a landmark moment when coercive control was established as a criminal offence in December 2015, but we now need to ensure that this legislation is being effectively and consistently used. We need everyone working in the criminal justice system to receive regular, up to date training on what coercive control is and how to effectively use the legislation.
Ultimately we need a whole society approach to an issue that affects so many. This needs to include domestic abuse training for professionals coming into contact with survivors of domestic abuse across every sector, as well as resourced and accessible specialist services to support survivors to escape and recover from domestic abuse. We also need for every employer to understand the effects of domestic abuse and be able to support their staff who are experiencing abuse in a relationship. If we all work together, we can help the victims of this devastating crime which costs our society £66 billion every year.