Becky Rogerson's Story
Becky travelled to the Americas to research the gaps in the current criminal justice approach to domestic violence.
Becky is a director of the Middlesbrough charity My Sister's Place which helps victims of domestic violence. She travelled to the Americas to learn more about how other countries deal with the problem.
She visited the US to see schemes in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Houston, before heading south to Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Brazil.
Her Fellowship researched the gaps in the current criminal justice approach to domestic violence, and explored how new methods could help to empower victims to help themselves. She looked at ways of educating and raising awareness in children and young people to break the cycle of abuse through changing their attitudes to this type of crime, and indentified effective methods of intervention with perpetrators in order to change their behaviour.
Her research locations offered a unique insight into a variety of approaches within different cultural and political contexts.
She visited groups trying out ‘cutting edge’ methods in North America – demonstrating the possibility of a truly joined up approach between criminal justice and third sector organisations; as well as church groups in Peru and an internationally-acclaimed prevention scheme in Brazil.
Becky attracted wide publicity on her return, including a front page article in the 'Benchmark' (Judicial) newsletter. The charities’ counselling service won a prestigious National Award for Innovation and Commitment to Best Practice, and has also recently secured a Home Office ‘Innovation Fund’ grant to explore community responses to domestic violence. Financial backing from the Northern Rock Foundation 'Fresh Ideas' fund has helped to begin to develop a number of ambitious new initiatives aimed at reshaping future service provision.
In August 2013 My Sister’s Place won the National Lottery Good Causes Award for Best Voluntary/Charity Project, and their funding has enabled the charity to offer support, advocacy and counselling to many more women.