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We welcome the recent announcement by Justice Secretary, Alex Chalk, that Jade’s Law will be introduced before the end of the year.  

In 2021, 27-year-old Jade Ward was stabbed and strangled in her home by her estranged partner Russell Marsh. Marsh was sentenced to 25 years in prison for Jade’s murder but retained parental rights of their children. 

Jade’s parents, Karen Robinson and Paul Ward, have been tirelessly campaigning to ensure those who murder a partner, or ex-partner, with whom they have children will automatically have their parental responsibility suspended upon sentencing.  

'Jades Law’ will better protect the children of the victim and will ensure the bereaved members of family no longer have to extend their trauma by going through the family court to restrict the parental rights of the perpetrator.  

We look forward to a time when men who abuse women are further prevented from using their children to further harassing their victim and their families. Jade’s Law brings us closer to this future, but there is still work to be done.