Posted by Judy Bodansky, Solicitor
Coercive control: an increasingly common issue in relationship breakdown?
In 2011, Sally Challen was jailed for life for the murder of her husband of 31 years following a hammer attack in their Surrey Home the previous year. A sustained campaign led by her two sons, and supported by a feminist advocacy organisation, Justice for Women, succeeded in getting Sally’s conviction quashed after a panel of three judges ruled it was unsafe in light of new evidence that was not available at the time of her trial.
But what does this tell us about how the UK courts treat victims of coercive control?