With funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, we are campaigning to close legal loopholes and change practice in the family and civil court, so that victims are not further traumatised by their stalkers making vexatious complaints against them.

The rights of victims need to be enshrined in law and significant change is needed to stop perpetrators from manipulating the court system for their own gains – that’s the verdict of a comprehensive report released by Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Voice4Victims and Veritas Justice last year.

Restoring the Balance seeks to answer the question of how to stop controlling, obsessive, abusive perpetrators using the law to cause emotional harm to vulnerable victims, whilst ensuring the right to a fair hearing is maintained as required under article 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

In March 2015 Voice4Victims joined with Veritas Justice CIC and Suzy Lamplugh Trust to launch the campaign at the Chambers of Richard Wilson QC and William Harbage QC. Restoring the Balance runs parallel to the campaign of the same name in Scotland, which was launched in December 2014 and is being spearheaded by Ann Moulds of Action Scotland Against Stalking and Kim Leslie of Digby Brown Solicitors.

The report which followed that event can be read in full here