PRESS RELEASE: Coroner makes wide ranging recommendations for change as critical inquest concludes. Our family statement is available in full here. Outcome The inquest into Gaia’s death was held in Bournemouth and lasted for 12 weeks, 26 April – 15 July 2022. One of the longest individual inquests in British history, it unearthed more than 50… Continue Reading →
Opening 26 April 2022 (Sitting four days a week, see notes)Scheduled for three months (to 8 July 2022) Gaia Kima Pope-Sutherland, 19, was reported missing on 7 November 2017 in Swanage, Dorset. Following a police investigation and a public search for Gaia in which thousands of people participated, her body was found 11 days later… Continue Reading →
As part of our work for these 16 days of global action against gender-based violence, we’ve produced this short expose on Dorset Police.
November 2021 marks 4 years since we lost Gaia. When we spoke out on 25th (World Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) about systemic failures in how the justice system engages with survivors, Dorset Police announced the “disciplining” of a Dorset Police officer involved in the search for Gaia, saying he had been… Continue Reading →
Click here if you’re looking for information on Dorset Police. Sexual Violence Healthcare Sexual Violence & Mental Health Almost half of women who experience severe mental distress are survivors of sexual violence. Yet, the support they need to rebuild their lives has become what the women’s movement describes as “a privilege determined by a postcode… Continue Reading →