Felicia Davy and Professor Susan Edwards examine the Domestic Abuse Act marking the “Global 16 days campaign”

December 1, 2022

RLC member Felicia Davy and Professor Susan Edwards (Door Tenant) will be delivering a talk to the CPS in London to mark the “Global 16 days campaign” focusing on eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls.

The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Speaking on Thursday 1st Dec, they will focus on section 70 non-fatal strangulation and section 71 ‘no consent to serious harm’- 1 year on, examining the meaning, understanding and implementation of these sections and considering whether the statutory sections have achieved their aims.

As a specialist CPS rape and serious Sexual Offences advocate, Felicia has significant experience prosecuting and defending the most serious and sensitive sexual cases. These include multi-complainant cases often alleging historic sexual abuse and those involving very young or vulnerable witnesses. She has undertaken specialist training in the use of intermediaries and is skilled in the handling of vulnerable witnesses of all ages in court.

Susan Edwards is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Buckingham. She is a barrister and a well-known writer and broadcaster on feminist issues. She has written widely on this issue including most recently ‘The strangulation of female partners’ (2015) 12 Criminal Law Review 946, 949 and ‘Consent and the ‘Rough Sex’ Defence in Rape, Murder, Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Journal of Criminal Law 84 (293). Susan Edwards was involved in the campaign to introduce s70 and s71 into the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

For more information please see: [16 Days Campaign]