Family had to live with ‘false narrative’ of killing before courts finally quashed domestic abuse victim’s murder conviction

Sally Challen was portrayed as “a controlling and jealous lover who planned to kill” her husband by a criminal justice system that allowed the creation of a false narrative, her sons have said.

In doing so it failed to recognise the decades of abuse and coercive control she had suffered at his hands, David Challen writes in an article for today’s Observer that is heavily critical of how abused women continue to be viewed by the courts, a concern that women’s rights campaigners said they shared.

Related: My mother, Sally Challen, was branded a cold-blooded killer. At last, she has justice

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