Police Spies Out Of Lives supports people who are taking legal action against the police around undercover relationships, or who are core participants in the Public Inquiry because of relationships with undercover officers. You may be affected directly by these issues, or be one of the many other people, friends, and families, have been affected by this systemic abuse, and this may be why you have arrived at this page. We hope the following information may help; we’ve included sections on Establishing the facts, Seeking legal help, Aftercare Fund, Counselling and Helplines.
Establishing the facts
Seeking legal redress
Please note, as yet the legal system offers no guarantees of justice around these particular issues; we hope that the eight women’s case will prove that undercover relationships were unlawful. The solicitors below may be able to advise whether you have a strong enough case to sue:
Birnberg Peirce Solicitors – there is an enquiry form on this page; mark your enquiry for the attention of Harriet Wistrich.
Bindmans Solicitors (Jules Carey)
Bindmans Solicitors (Anna Mazzola)
Hickman and Rose Solicitors (Beth Handley)
If it turns out that a solicitor can take on your case, you might need to be prepared for the case to take a long time, for there to be a lot of difficult work involved, and that while the case is proceeding the outcome will be uncertain, so additional support may be needed (e.g. a close friend or two, a counsellor or helplines – see below).
The above solicitors may also advise you as to whether you could or should apply to become a core participant in the Pitchford public inquiry. You can be a core participant without bringing a legal case.
The Aftercare Fund is a solidarity fund so that people who were traumatised by the actions of undercover police could receive support, and can offer help with a range of legal, travel and therapeutic costs. Their website is Aftercare Fund or they can be contacted via email aftercarefund#@#gmail.com (removing # and #, which are there to prevent spam).
Counselling / Helplines
Counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies which may help support people to overcome difficulties, including processing unexpected events. While there is no magic therapy that will help everyone deal with unusual circumstances or abuse, here are some pointers for finding guidance and counselling:
Counselling for Social Change
Email: info#@#counsellingforsocialchange.org.uk (remove #and#, which are there to prevent spam)
Tel: 01736 364 722
Txt: 07967 588 038
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Email: jo#@#samaritans.org (remove hashtags, which are there to prevent spam)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BCAP)
see also BCAP’s website for finding a counsellor or therapist: It’s good to talk
We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives.
– Where We Stand