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WomenMATTA provide an intensive, holistic support service to women at risk of offending, women at risk of receiving custodial sentences and women who are released from custody after serving a sentence of less than 6 months.

We run a free drop in every Friday 1-4 where we provide a hot lunch, practical support (eg help with housing, benefits etc) and run a different activity each week. This is open to all women (18+) whether or not they are in the criminal justice system. The drop in is held at the Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester M13 9WP (in the MRI complex).

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Engaging with the Judiciary

Let me introduce myself
My name is Yvonne Davies, married to Ernie and a mother of 4. We have 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
I have been a volunteer in various organisations from a playgroup and school Parent Teachers Association in the 1970s to a Local Newspaper, Healthy Living Centre Steering Group and Counselling Service. In 1998 I set up a free Counselling Service to run alongside my private practice. Referrals come from individuals, GP’s, Social Workers and other organisations.
The free counselling service offers placements to trainees in their final year at Adult Colleges and Universities in Manchester, Cheshire and Salford and the Liaison Officer for Counselling Northwest.
As a Magistrate in Manchester since March 2000 it has been an honour to serve the local community and since 2009 been the Deputy Chairman of the Manchester City Magistrates’ Court and from 1st January 2012 Deputy of the newly merged Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.
In March 2011 along with students from the Manchester Metropolitan University we celebrated 650th Anniversary of Magistrates by having a Court Open Day. 500 people came to see what we were all about.
Magistrates go out into the community giving talks to groups about what we do and with Probation Officers have interactive presentation where participants decide what punishment they would like to hand out to the criminal that we read about in a newspaper cutting.
 I also sit on the WomenMATTA strategic Steering Group ensuring that there is a direct method of communication between the Project and Magistrates in Manchester. This way we can keep track of new initiatives for women involved in the Criminal Justice System in  and the North West.

6 comments:

  1. Ms Davies I have just seen the report in the Manchester Evening News of your disgracefully prejudiced and scientifically inaccurate statements about cannabis.

    It is unacceptable that anyone in your position should mislead the public so very seriously.

    You should consider your position.

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  2. The facts about cannabis and mental health:

    http://www.clear-uk.org/the-best-evidence-about-cannabis-and-mental-health/

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  3. Do you think, given the vast amount of evidence available, you should spend (what i imagine) is a fair amount of your time prosecuting cannabis smokers, for example there is and never has been any evidence that it is a dangerous plant and if the correct education were to be taught about it we would have fair fewer cases of binge drinking and alcohol induced casualties.

    Secondly do you ever feel any remorse when you punish a cannabis smoker when in most cases it is plain to see that there are no victims, and surely a crime must have a victim, otherwise it is just a self inflicted choice.

    And lastly why when punishment for possession has increased (class c to class b) has the sentencing guidelines surrounding the cultivation of the plant become more lenient (9 plants per person at 40g per plant with no previous convictions is now just a caution and a confiscation of growing equipment) and do you agree with this?

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  4. what would you say to the 1000s of people worldwide who are denied the only medicine that helps ease their condition? namely cannabis.Also if you had read any scientific studies about cannabis you would know cannabis does not cause mental health problems but can magnify existing or underlying ones, otherwise millions of users worldwide would be in mental health institutions.Many legal and banned pharmaceuticuls cause many more suicides every year as has been proved in the Glaxo smith kline court case where doctors were rewarded for promoting anti depressants to children even though they knew of the side affects,namely suicide.Everyone is different to say everyone is affected the same is wrong.

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  6. Hi all,

    The comments above relate to an article in the Manchester Evening News. If anyone wants to have a look at the article you can find it here:
    http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1587100_magistrate-tells-drug-farmer-cannabis-killed-my-brother-so-jack-it-in

    Just to say, magistrates have very strict guidelines when it comes to sentencing and so the sentence they pass may not always reflect their personal opinions (I am not specifically commenting on this case, just speaking generally).

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