I began my career as a junior litigator at City law firm Simmons & Simmons but after five years I decided that I wanted to do something that had more of a social purpose. I left to run a Citizens Advice Bureau in Petersfield, Hampshire, which I found incredibly frustrating as there never seemed to be enough time or resources to fix the overwhelmingly difficult structural problems facing many of our clients. I decided to become a researcher, and after graduating with a distinction in human rights from the University of Sussex began an ESRC funded PhD in domestic abuse and the criminal law.
I am now part activist, part researcher - together with my husband Barnaby Wiener I have set up a charitable foundation The Treebeard Trust, which works to solve some of the intractable life problems I encountered at the CAB.
I also speak, lecture and publish on domestic abuse and the criminal law, and campaign for reform in this area. I am currently working with the Home Office on a review of the law on controlling or coercive behaviour, am excited to be part of the APPG meeting on the new Domestic Abuse Bill in March, and working on my first book: ‘Coercive Control and the Criminal Law’ which is being published by Routledge next year. I am a Trustee of leading domestic abuse charity SafeLives. I am an associate tutor in Criminal Law at the University of Sussex and a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London.