Tribute to founder of The Crossing point
It is with sadness that we share with you the news that Irene Taylor, founder of The Crossing Point sadly passed away on Tuesday 14th May 2019, after a long and brave battle with cancer.
Irene was a person who spent her life caring for others. She was a professional nurse working for the NHS for 45 years and following this amazingly long service she then went on to dedicate her retirement to setting up and running The Crossing Point charity.
A woman full of kindness and compassion, Irene felt moved to help rescue and restore the lives of women, men and children affected by domestic abuse. She was renowned for her caring heart, always reaching out to those whose lives had been broken. Irene was committed to helping people, encouraging them with her positive and inspiring words.
The Crossing Point is Irene’s legacy and as such we will continue the work she began and endeavour to provide the service she so passionately devoted herself to.
Coercive Control - landmark case
Domestic Violence Campaigner, David Challen, successfully campaigned to free his mother in a landmark case recognising coercive control. In 2010 Sally was jailed for life for killing her husband after decades of being coerced and humiliated by him. In February 2019 the court of appeal quashed her conviction in light of new evidence about her mental state at the time of the killing. A plea of manslaughter was accepted and having already served an equivalent penalty of over 9 years in prison, Sally was released.
She said that “many other women who are victims of abuse and violence are in prison today serving life sentences for murder rather than manslaughter”. She went on to say she hoped the justice system would take abuse more seriously. The family say that Richard Challen subjected his wife to decades of psychological abuse, which is referred to as coercive control under laws introduced in 2015.
This case has highlighted two things: that coercive control is a serious matter and that the courts need to recognise and understand domestic violence.
Labour of Love
Two years ago a mother and daughter had to flee their home because of domestic abuse. After spending months in a single room above a noisy pub, with only a kettle to make drinks, they have at last been given a place of their own. They were moving into the unfurnished flat with nothing. The people from her local church heard about it and within days mum and daughter soon found themselves with everything they needed. However, the flat was in need of decoration with bare plaster everywhere. All hands on deck – again, a team of helpers from the church set to work painting. Mum and daughter are needless to say absolutely thrilled to be in a place they can call home, with the comforts that we all have a right to.
It is so sad to think that this little family had no place of their own for so long as a direct result of domestic abuse.