Charlotte is passionately committed to using the law as a tool to further gender equality and eliminate discrimination against women. The law is a powerful force to engender social change. As an advocate for legal change, Charlotte was instrumental in the criminalisation of forced marriage and the introduction of FGM Protection Orders, all of which have provided vulnerable women and girls with legal redress and protection.
Charlotte’s commitment to raising judicial understanding of domestic abuse and gender discrimination in the family and immigration courts is well known and her fearlessness in calling out the manifest shortcomings of the treatment of gender-related abuse in the media, the courts and in the profession is unparalleled. It is shored up by a comprehensive academic and practical understanding of the corrosive effect of myth-based assumptions about rape and coercive and controlling behaviour which lends her advocacy and campaigning work great authority.
Charlotte campaigns for the protection of victims of domestic abuse in the family courts. She is a strong advocate for judicial and professional training in the complex dynamics of domestic abuse and the impact of trauma on victims’ and children’s lives. Charlotte was co-author of an open letter signed by over 130 professionals calling for major changes to the family court’s approach in domestic abuse cases, which resulted in the government adopting several recommendations. Charlotte has been instrumental in drafting amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill.
Charlotte is a legal advisor to Girls Not Brides UK who successfully helped to criminalise child marriage in the UK and end virginity testing in the UK. Dr Proudman is also co-founder of Action: FGM and she work as an advisor to the Vagina Museum.