This week, our Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May, closed her public consultation on strengthening the law on domestic violence. There seems to be a wish to create a specific offence that captures patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships. I continue to cast doubt as to whether penalisation and criminalisation of social justice failures, such as domestic violence, will provide us with answers.
The Trustees of IARS and Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent and IARS' Patron, Simon Israel are delighted to hold this year's biggest international restorative justice networking event in the evening of Thursday 20th November at the Law Society. The reception is held on behalf of the charity in celebration of International Restorative Justice Week following IARS 2014 Annual Conference "A Victim-led Criminal Justice System?" The reception will see the book launch of Gavrielides, T. (2014), A victim-led criminal justice system: Addressing the paradox (£9.99 RRP) and will bring together leading researchers, policy makers, practitioners, barristers and academics from Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia, the US and New Zealand. Tickets (£15) can be purchased online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and are available on a first come basis.
IARS has supported one of the refugee women involved in our Abused No More project to submit written evidence of her direct personal experience of immigration detention. Mariam was detained twice, and altogether spent two years in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. When in Yarl's Wood, she applied for bail eleven times, and was refused: 'Everytime I was refused bail, I would have a nervous breakdown but there was no psychological support available'.
IARS continues it research, policy and training programme "Race in Probation" led by its Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides.
The 99% Campaign is recruiting a group of 8 young people aged 16-25 to assist in the design and development of the 99% Campaign Blog and its social media platforms. We are looking for young illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, aspiring film-makers and bloggers to advocate passionately for youth issues.
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Dear James Brokenshire,
RE: Immigration Questionnaire Response
I am writing to answer the questions posed by the Conservative party in regards to immigration. I apologies that it is not in the format which is required by the Conservatives (online questionnaire), the reason we have not done so is explained throughout Annex B
IARS and the 99% Campaign at the EU Expert Seminar "Mapping the barriers to social inclusion for young people"
Key representatives in the field of youth research, policy and practice from across Europe will come together at an Expert Seminar on the 30th – 2nd October at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg to ‘map the barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations’. IARS and the
The IARS Annual Conference 2014 is titled “A victim-led criminal justice system?”, and will take place between 19-20th November at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, with an evening reception to follow. Click here for the official programme.