Jasvinder acts as an expert witness to the Courts and has been instructed to conduct Independent Reviews related to murder cases and suicides of South Asian women. This included acting as the independent expert in the case for the mental health legacy review of Navjit Sidhu who committed suicide with both of her children.
She was awarded Legal Campaigner of the Year in 2014 in recognition of her tireless campaigning to criminalise forced marriage. She has provided compelling evidence based on her expertise in both family related and criminal proceedings providing expert evidence and cultural risk assessments, reports and is an accredited Chair for Domestic Homicide Reviews. Jasvinder’s evidence has been tested in the Court of Appeal case of B-M Children 2009 and Lord Justice Wall cited extensively from this evidence stating it to be ‘impressive and compelling’ and how she speaks from the professional experience of being involved in numerous cases.
Jasvinder’s work is highly acclaimed and she has extensive experience of working with victims. She has provided expert evidence and reports for a range of professionals including CAFCASS, solicitors, barristers and judges. In addition she has worked with education providers, immigration and housing authorities, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Children’s Commissioner’s Working Group, the National Police and Crimes Commissioner and the Victim Standing Group and she has been key to providing evidence to the government’s Home Affairs Select Committee.
Instructions have included:
- Concealed pregnancies where the birth of a child is seen as shameful.
- Controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships in the context of the victim’s experience of honour based abuse.
- Interviewing clients, witnesses, complainants and defendants.
- Expert witness reports.
- Providing risk assessments for social workers, police and Courts amongst others.
- Wishes and feelings statements.
- Providing context of honour based abuse for judges and juries
- Short notice instructions.
- Supporting Courts with Issues in Matter
- Attending case conferences.
- Providing opinion, evidence and cross examination in Court.
- Forced marriages and those at risk of forced marriage and those with care proceedings.
- Honour based abuse cases involving assessments of victims and family dynamics.
- Interviews with perpetrators within a family context.
- Immigration, housing cases.
- Honour and risk related to interracial relationships.
- Instructed as independent expert by Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS ) to provide expert input into cases of suicides of South Asian women.
- Advised internationally in cases of men fleeing persecution if they returned to the country of origin. One of her core roles is to ensure that these abuses are framed as child protection or safeguarding issues as opposed to cultural issues.
- ‘ I believe that cultural acceptance does not mean accepting the unacceptable. As an expert witness I sometimes find that families will aim to use their cultural and religious beliefs and values as a means of justifying their behaviours’. Jasvinder has over 20 years of experience of working with victims, and brings her expertise of cultural issues to the courts.