VERITAS JUSTICE is a Community interest company (limited by guarantee).
Veritas Justice was incorporated in 2014 aiming to assist victims of stalking in our local area following the highly successful Stalking Law Reform Campaign in Parliament in which Sam Taylor one of our founders was instrumental.
WHO ARE WE
We aim to raise awareness, train, support and advocate for individuals affected by stalking we provide practical support, advocacy and advise to service-users and professionals.
- To raise awareness, inform and educate organisations and individuals on the challenges faced by victims of stalking and harassment and the considerable impact on families and children.
- To advocate for people, empower and enable individuals to make informed decisions within the criminal and civil and family justice systems.
- To encourage professional responsibility to ensure the decision-making process is centred on client/victim best interests.
- To work collaboratively and in partnership with local and national organisations and professionals to improve the outcomes for victims of stalking and their families
Sam Taylor – Co-founder & Director
Sam is a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton, developing and delivering sessions on stalking, domestic abuse and child protection to health and social science students and is a an accredited Independent Stalking Advocate.
She has a Masters in Creative Writing and Personal Development and runs ‘Writing for Recovery’ courses for people who have been affected by stalking and mental health.
Her research interests include resilience therapy and the use of creative writing as a tool for personal and professional transformation. Sam explores historical injustice for women within her own creative writing practice and how these link to current issues.
In 2011 Sam gave evidence and was instrumental in the Stalking Law Reform campaign having experienced four years of stalking by her former partner. This landmark campaign led to the introduction of stalking becoming a criminal offence on 25th November 2012.
Claudia Miles – Co-founder & Director
Claudia is a qualified Solicitor with a Masters in Human Rights and Gender Studies. Her specific interest in research and practice incorporates the issues of stalking particularly in the context of the family court process and how they are addressed and responded to by our legal system.
Claudia has worked extensively in both the private practice and academic sectors, and through that time she has gained varied and valuable experience on the many legal and personal challenges faced by women and their children through legal proceedings in the Family Court.
She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton where she develops and delivers sessions in stalking, domestic abuse, child protection and criminology
Claudia is an accredited Independent Stalking Advocate and facilitates training and support for individuals and organisations in Safeguarding, Stalking, DASH and Litigant in Person workshops.
Nick Podd – Cyber Security Specialist
Nick is an ex-Royal Air Force officer with over 20 years of experience in both physical and data security. He has worked extensively in the non-profit sector. He is also a Certified Ethical Hacker and has experience of close protection, and asset security.
With the number of Internet-connected devices currently outnumbering the world’s population by a factor of 1.5:1 and rising exponentially, the problem of cyber-crime is only set to get worse. Due to this impending “Cyber Storm”, Nick is also very interested in researching hacking and cyber stalking, and is working in conjunction with other parties to develop long-term strategies to combat current and future threats.
Nick works with the Law Society helping law firms and individuals to substantially reduce the risk to their personal information and online stored data.