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Petition to Clare Bettison, Daphne Caine, Alex Allinson, Alfred Cannan MHK;, Ann Corlett, Julie Edge, Juan Watterson, Bill Malarkey, Kate Lord Brennan, Tanya August Hanson

Change the law to make sentencing for domestic violence fit the crime

1:3 women and 1: 6 men will be victims of domestic abuse and violence in their lifetime. On International Women's Day 2018 on the Isle of Man, a man who committed a very violent and sustained assault on his partner in front of her children was given just a suspended sentence for ABH and a fine. Character references and the fact that he is in a managerial position were allowed as "mitigating" factors. Alcohol was listed as an excuse for this behaviour. The Manx public is rightly outraged, and it is time for change. Rulings like this discourage victims from coming forward and going through the Court process. They send the message to victims that they will not be heard, it makes them feel re-victimised. If a fine is given  this makes the victim feel, "is that all I am worth? " Rulings like this send out the wrong message to abusers - that doing this is somehow "ok" - many Manx commentators have noted that possession of cannabis would produce a heavier punishment.  And using managerial status as a reason for leniency sends out the totally wrong message that men in respected positions are permitted to act in this way.  The ruling of the Court displayed a totally inadequate understanding of abuse: The fact that strangulation was involved should have been a major red flag. It is widely recognised that strangulation indicates high risk of domestic homicide. The victim's own level of fear is also an important indicator. She and her children believed this was attempted murder, yet this is not reflected in the sentence. (see the DASH checklist Cruelty to animals or children are other red flags - also present in this case and not understood or acknowledged by this sentence. The status, educational level or occupation of the perpetrator of the assault should be irrelevant to the sentence. It is also irrelevant that this is a "first offence" - that does not make it any less serious, or death any less likely as the outcome. It is entirely inappropriate that character references are admitted to court in mitigation - an abusive person is usually very charming - of course he can get any number of friends to write that he is a lovely man really and this is "out of character". The abuser may well may be a "lovely" and well-respected person in their public life, but in the home, behind closed doors, they are violent, coercive and frightening. The one does not cancel out or excuse the other. This sort of "mitigation" should simply not be allowed in our courts. Alcohol is not a cause of domestic violence - it is often, as in this ruling - used as an excuse. This is entirely inappropriate. The effect on children of witnessing this assault was also not reflected in the sentence.  The emotional and psychological effect on the victim is also not reflected in the sentence.  Sadly this is  only the latest case of many to receive similar treatment. Too many charges are reduced to ABH and dealt with by Magistrates - this in itself sends out a wrong message that these cases are unimportant and low level. We need to consider that the victim was a woman  - if this same assault had occurred on a male in a public place, would the charges have been the same? Would the sentence have been the same? Why in 2018 is it somehow considered unimportant that a woman can be violently assaulted in her own home? Why do we still have such inequality under the Law? It is a tragic irony that on the Isle of Man, International Women's Day should be marked by the handing down of a sentence like this. And on an Island that was first to give women the vote!  In the year of "Me Too" and other similar campaigns worldwide, why is the Isle of Man still handing out sentences that show it to be lagging years behind the times?  An assault that takes place in the home (which should be your safe place) and is perpetrated by someone you have loved and trusted should be seen as more serious than an assault in a public situation, not less. It is domestic terrorism. The Court acknowledged the betrayal of trust, yet did not reflect that in the sentence. It is an imbalance that under the Manx system the perpetrator (or his/her advocate) is permitted to speak in mitigation at the end of the proceedings. Yet the victim is not given the same opportunity to give a victim impact statement. This imbalance adds to the sense of unfairness and not being heard. All too often the comments in mitigation and the character references add to the pain and re-victimisation of the victim. Too often the Manx Courts allow comments belittling the victim or minimising their injuries and suffering. Those who understand abuse know that mimimalisation, denial and blame are the tools of the abuser. Rarely (if ever) do we see any genuine remorse - what we see and hear are excuses.  As in this case, comments are allowed about how much the perpetrator has already "suffered" from the ordeal of being arrested and charged - yet while the aggressor gets a Judicial "slap on the wrist" the victim and her children will be living with this for the rest of their lives.  In the UK Legislation is imminently going to address these inequalities and these outdated, ignorant attitudes. Please ensure that the Isle of Man does the same: For too long victims have been badly let down by a society that does not talk about this and a legal system that does not tackle it appropriately. We need laws that make domestic violence an offence. we need laws that cover coercive control. We need Law that has teeth so that cases can go to criminal court not civil, and so be open to more appropriate sentences. If cases are to be tried before magistrates, then magistrates need powers to give sentences that are no longer insulting, painful and entirely inappropriate to the offence. The use of fines in place of custodial sentences for domestic violence should be abolished. They are no deterrent and they hurt and insult victims. We need victim impact statements in all Court proceedings, whether Civil or Criminal. Training in abuse for the Judiciary and Magistrates should be made compulsory so that cases are no longer tried before people who have inadequate understanding of the dynamics of abuse, and so that outdated, stereotyped thinking no longer directs our sentencing. Please help the voice of the victims - 1:3 of us - to be heard on this Island. Please listen to the voice of the Manx public - male and female - who are appalled by this sentence and by all sentences like it; by the wrong messages that are being sent by these sentences, and by the revictimisation of victims by the current system. Let this case be the one that finally results in change. Families need justice.  Thank you.

Safe Strong Secure - 3S
2,536 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Boris Johnson MP

Help end violence against women by ratifying the Istanbul Convention

On the 8th June 2012 the UK Government promised to get serious about ending violence against women. They promised a law - the 'IC' - that would dramatically change the lives of all women in the UK. Through the law they promised to: Prevent violence against women Protect women who are experiencing violence Prosecute perpetrators of violence  We are demanding the UK Government keeps this promise. We don’t have time to wait. Every week an average of 2 women are killed by a partner or ex-partner in the UK. In England and Wales at least 233 women are raped every day and 31% have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. Support services are overwhelmed and underfunded. 112 women and their 84 children were turned away from refuge on just one day this year. We need to change this. And this law - the Istanbul Convention (IC) on Violence Against Women - is about making changes that have impact. It will make violence against women and domestic violence the priorities they should be. Some of the many groundbreaking changes in the IC law are: Preventing further cuts to domestic violence refuges and specialist support services Providing sufficient shelters and sexual violence referral centres, psychological support, a free 24/7 helpline and legal aid Providing education on topics such as domestic violence, personal integrity and healthy relationships Criminalising issues such as FGM, forced marriage and psychological abuse Ensuring all women have access to support– regardless of race, religion, disability or any other identity  And the IC offers much more. With the IC, the UK Government have promised real change. Women deserve this change. Change is within reach: I see change – do you? #ICchange

Becca, Robyn & IC Change team
5,892 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament

50:50 Parliament want a more gender balanced, representative Parliament. Join us!

In Parliament men outnumber women by more than 2:1, there are 208 women MPs and 442 men. Only 12 extra women were elected to Westminster after the 2017 general election, at this rate it will take 50 years to get a truly equal and representative Parliament. 50:50 aspire to a modern Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women. Our target is clear because what gets measured gets managed. This is a majority issue, women are the majority in life but the minority in Parliament. If Parliament is inaccessible to women many others must and do face hurdles too. One way or another this needs sorting.  If you agree then say so and SIGN.  Let's build a better and more representative democracy together! This is what our petition letter to the party leaders says: "Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament, We need a more gender balanced House of Commons, around 50:50 men and women. Please collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." Our petition is not prescribing the solutions but asking those with the power to take action. This is a historic democratic deficit and institutional imbalance that needs to be addressed. An inclusive, gender balanced Parliament would lead to more responsive and informed decision making, everyone would benefit.  50:50 Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand campaign. Let's get 117 more women to Westminster at the next election. If you know a woman who would make a good MP then ask her to stand, 50:50 is here to help, see  All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament would be better, see this video clip here, so SIGN to ask for action. For more information and to join 50:50 go to 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. To read more about why this matters and the many solutions see the 50:50 Parliament submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry here. Only 325 women MPs are needed for a 50:50 Parliament which amounts to 1 in every 100,000 women which is great, because clearly politics might not appeal to everyone, but it might suit 1 in 100,000 women and our country needs them.  Two comments on the petition say it all: Helen "Apart from the obvious injustice we are in no position to under-utilise so much talent”- Helen, “If the institution of Parliament discourages women to participate, it is the institution that needs to change.” – Malcolm. Add your voice and make a comment on the 50:50 petition. Join us in asking for action concerning this pressing democratic issue. Thank you. Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie #5050Parliament Team 50:50 Key Links: For more information see 50:50 submission to Women & Equalities Select Committee Become a 50:50 Ambassador - fill in the form online Stand to become an MP! 50:50 want to support you see #AskHerToStand Like - Follow on Twitter - @5050Parliament See 50:50 Films  - 50:50 Parliament on YouTube Buy campaign merch at - 50:50 Parliament Shop 50:50 in the News: Parliament agrees there is a "serious democratic deficit" and #5050Parliament says "There are some great women out there, so let’s start asking them to stand" The Guardian The Guardian reports on launch of #5050Parliament #AskHerToStand campaign "Gender parity among MPs at risk of stalling, say women's groups" Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News supports #5050Parliament in The Telegraph 50:50 Parliament in Marie Claire #IWD2016 50:50 Parliament profiled in The Telegraph, 50:50 Parliament - Huffington Post, Evening Standard The Guardian 50:50 Parliament - Star on Parliamentary TV at Women & Equalities Committee Oral Evidence Session #StripTees 50:50 Key Blogs: Women our Parliament Still Needs You Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament! Family Friendly Parliament Tax on Tampons Is the Tip of the Iceberg Obama says Tampon Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’ Carey Mulligan Demonstrates Support for 50:50Parliament at the Premier of 'Suffragette' 50:50 Films: 50:50 Ambassadors Campaign Video Carey Mulligan supporting 50:50 Parliament at Suffragette Premier & Sisters Uncut Demo Paloma Faith Supporting 50:50 Parliament Gemma Arterton Supporting 50:50 Parliament MPs Supporting #5050Parliament Campaign #5050Parliament at Feminism in London 2015 #5050Parliament at WOW Festival 2015

Frances Scott and the 50:50 Parliament Team
52,784 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Amnesty International Australia, United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), US State Department, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Theresa May MP, Donald Trump, BBC, Council of the European Union, The British Council


IMPORTANT! A 25 year old Saudi Arabian woman in Riyadh is trapped in a household which promotes a rape culture and abuse through various beatings, threats, violence, as well as depriving her from basic needs such as food, water and medical care. I write this on behalf of her as this is a serious matter that needs immediate attention. I and many private individuals have contacted organisations such as UN women, Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch, Un Refugee etc only for them to ignore our cry for help or they would tell us that they do not deal with "individual cases". The young lady contacted local authorities and shelters for help but they would blame her instead for the abuse or they would turn a blind eye towards her case. This was proven from a variety of emails and proofs of which she provided us with in the hopes that it will spark attention. We call upon each and every individual to be a voice, in order for her to be placed in a safe environment after her endured trauma! She is also willing to testify on behalf of many other women who are trapped in her predicament in the hopes that Officials need to start taking lives seriously! I am desperate for this petition to reach as many people as possible because the young lady is looking through other means such as suicide. Who can blame her? It is obvious that she is mentally incapable and hence I redeem this matter as being serious. I have not provided her full name so that I can protect her identity from any further dangers especially from governmental entities and/or her oppressors. It is seen as a "shame" for a victim of the Saudi state to seek international help from outside their borders. That to me is absurd considering the fact that the victim and those who are oppressed wouldnt need to seek international help in the first place if their OWN state authorities and organisations didnt turn them away!  To the humanitarian organisational entities, we call upon you to act according to the promises that you preach on a daily basis! We cannot as a society allow you to weaken the voices of the vulnerable when they CALL OUT FOR YOU!  Furthermore, the whole purpose as to why your entites exist in the first place is to deal with violations that are a threat to human life! If you, yourselves do not follow your own mission and vision statements that you are willingly proud to boast about in public view, you are as bad as the individuals who find the need to cause unrest in society! The abuse of Saudi Arabian Women has been an ongoing issue that never ends. It is an atrocity that shouldn't even be considered a norm. Convenants and policies do nothing for these women as they are still being abused and mistreated in the most horrendous ways. A Saudi Arabian woman must not be killed or placed in a dention centre just because she knows her worth! The Saudi Arabian state must be held accountable for upholding a culture of abuse in its society!  Death should not be, by any means a way of escape for a woman who is oppressed! Stop turning a blind eye to a human rights violation that is killing many.  One Womans death equates to a fallen generation! Women are more than their beauty and their strength, They hold the world in the palm of their hands, therefore we need to rise to the occassion. Saudi Arabian women deserve their freedom. We talk about their freedom, we fantasize about it, we write articles about it and we even create mediocre policies for it but we never ACT on the freedom we so actively preach about it! ACT! ACT! ACT! GOALS 1. The Saudi Arabian Victim must be set free without any arrests. Furthermore, her oppressors must be dealt with legally for the crimes committed. She must be given the necessary treatment for the trauma and she must be able to have a say when it comes to her personal concerns. 2. Provide Saudi Arabian women of ALL ages places of safety ENSURING that they will not get turned back by organisational entities, ensuring that medical provisions are being made, ensuring that their perpetrators deal with the law immediately and effectively and ensuring that places of safety are checked on a constant bases for safety precautions. Any organisation that fails to account for the above, must face legal precautions. 3. Police Enforcement must be held accountable for not taking matters of abused women seriously. Women must NOT be forced back to their oppressors neither should they be arrested for reporting a crime that is considered urgent and pertaining a crisis that has the potential cause death. We ask that the Police enforcement must be held accountable for their actions if found to do so and this can only be achieved if investigations are conducted by the state and international organisations who have ties with such entities.    #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen   For more info please contact me on the following: Email: Ask for it. Social Media: Instagram and Skype. (Email me for such details)              

Thobeka Felicia
20,489 supporters