Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Daisy Chain Project are a Domestic Abuse Legal Advice Charity (registered charity number 1175163), founded by Jade-Shannon Patrick. You can contact The Daisy Chain Project team via

Our website address is:

Our offices are located at: 7 Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1EG.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

We collect information about visitors who comment on the site using the Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself). This is to help us reduce the level of spam sent through this website to keep it secure and running smoothly.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Our content form is supplied by Ninja Forms. When you submit an enquiry, you must give consent to The Daisy Chain Project receiving your name, email, and message by checking the checkbox field. This data is not stored on our website, however it is sent to our email to be stored for a year, after which it is removed.

Delete data requests can be requested by emailing and will be answered within 30 days of your request.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. We do not control how these websites collect this data, or what content they collect.


The services contained in this section enable The Daisy Chain Project to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behaviour in order to improve our services.

Google Analytics (Google Inc.)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.

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Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.

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Who we share your data with

Our advice and correspondence with you is entirely confidential; we will not share data with any other authority or service [i.e. police, social services] unless you request for us to do so on your behalf.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Any correspondence you have with The Daisy Chain Project is kept via email for one year, with paper records being kept for 5 years.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

In particular, Users have the right to do the following:

  • Withdraw their consent at any time. Users have the right to withdraw consent where they have previously given their consent to the processing of their Personal Data.
  • Object to processing of their Data. Users have the right to object to the processing of their Data if the processing is carried out on a legal basis other than consent. Further details are provided in the dedicated section below.
  • Access their Data. Users have the right to learn if Data is being processed by the Owner, obtain disclosure regarding certain aspects of the processing and obtain a copy of the Data undergoing processing.
  • Verify and seek rectification. Users have the right to verify the accuracy of their Data and ask for it to be updated or corrected.
  • Restrict the processing of their Data. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to restrict the processing of their Data. In this case, the Owner will not process their Data for any purpose other than storing it.
  • Have their Personal Data deleted or otherwise removed. Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to obtain the erasure of their Data from the Owner.
  • Receive their Data and have it transferred to another controller. Users have the right to receive their Data in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and, if technically feasible, to have it transmitted to another controller without any hindrance. This provision is applicable provided that the Data is processed by automated means and that the processing is based on the User’s consent, on a contract which the User is part of or on pre-contractual obligations thereof.
  • Lodge a complaint. Users have the right to bring a claim before their competent data protection authority.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service, Akismet. Your data will not be sent elsewhere unless explicitly consented by you.

Data request contact information

If you want to request your data, or contact us for any reason regarding your data, you may contact:

Digital requests should be sent to: Jade-Shannon Patrick,

Written requests can be sent to: 7 Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1EG.

Additional information

How we protect your data

To protect your data, we have made sure all of our emails are encrypted and our website has a valid security certificate. All of our physical information is locked in a filing cabinet within our locked office, within a security coded building. We will never discuss cases anywhere other than email.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Technical and organisational measures include measures to deal with any suspected data breach. If you suspect any misuse or loss or unauthorised access to your Data, please let us know immediately by contacting us via this e-mail address:

If we get notified of a breach through our email servers, we will contact the affected persons within 24 hours. We will also contact the ICO within 72 hours of the breach.

If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

All of our lawyers are Bar Standard Board and Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority regulated.

Social Media


Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our plugin appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under


Our website includes plugins for the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see

When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook’s privacy policy at

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.


Functions of the Twitter service have been integrated into our website and app. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data will also be transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by Twitter. For more information on Twitter’s privacy policy, please go to

Your privacy preferences with Twitter can be modified in your account settings at

Changes to this privacy policy

The Daisy Chain Project reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its Users on this page or via email – as far as technically and legally feasible – sending a notice to Users via any contact information available to The Daisy Chain Project. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom.

Should the changes affect processing activities performed on the basis of the User’s consent, The Daisy Chain Project shall collect new consent from the User, where required.


[Last Updated: August 31st 2018]

The Daisy Chain Project announces Best-Selling Author, Peter James, as Patron

The Daisy Chain Project announces Best-Selling Author, Peter James, as Patron

We are proud to announce our new Patron, the one and only Peter James!

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 13 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 19 million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

How To Make A Silent 999 Call #Nationalstalkingweek

It has long been a myth that if you phone the emergency services’ switchboard on 999 and remain silent, the operator will know you are in trouble and dispatch help to you. Unfortunately, this is untrue and almost certainly a way to get your call disconnected because accidental 999 calls are made quite often, the operator would have no clue whether you had pocket dialled them, an over-enthused toddler high on Ribena and Fireman Sam had jabbed at phone buttons, or if you genuinely needed help. Some 20,000 silent 999 calls are made daily, making it a gargantuan task to sift the genuine from the accidental and hoax.

‘Silent Solutions’ is a system put in place by the Home Office and assists high risk callers who cannot speak, such as those who are still in close proximity to their attacker and are frightened of being overheard. If you are in danger and cannot speak, it is advised you dial ’55’ on your phone keypad when prompted to inform the call-taker that you need assistance.

It is always best to speak to the operator if you can, even if you whisper, but this system is in place to help those in severe danger.


Police Commissioner funds The Daisy Chain Project to write childrens’ book

Police Commissioner funds The Daisy Chain Project to write childrens’ book

The Office of the Police Commissioner has kindly funded The Daisy Chain Project to write a book for child victims and witnesses of domestic abuse.

Thanks to the generosity of the OPCC, an in-store collection in Waitrose, and donors on a Just Giving page, ‘The Garden Broom’ should be out in the later part of 2019. The book is by Francesca Reilly and Jade-Shannon Patrick and focuses on the range of emotions a child might feel in a domestic abuse environment and what the child should do in those situations. It is targeted at ages 3-7 years.

The book will be available for purchase on Amazon and some copies will be given out to schools, libraries, and other charities dealing with domestic abuse victims.


Ask A Lawyer: Will my sexual history be read out in Court?

Ask A Lawyer: Will my sexual history be read out in Court?

We asked Mark Savage, one of our legal team, ‘will my sexual history be read out in Court?:

Many women, particularly those who are the victims of rape and sexual abuse often ask whether their sexual history will be read out in Court or whether they will be cross examined about their previous sexual history if they complain about sexual abuse.

In the bad old days, before the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, women who complained about their partners were often subjected to extensive, unnecessary and hostile questioning about their sexual history in an attempt to both humiliate and undermine their credibility.

Thankfully, both Society and the Court have matured in their approach to questioning. it is no longer automatic that the Courts will allow such cross examination, or indeed read evidence.

the Courts will not allow for any questioning about previous sexual behaviour unless it is relevant to the incident for which the defendant is to be tried. There will be no lengthy and humiliating questions about past incidents, proper questions can only be put to any witness, firstly if leave, ie, permission is given by the trial judge for such proper and relevant questions to be put. The questions must be put only if there is relevant evidence about sexual behaviour. An application for leave has to be made in writing, and the Defendants lawyers must show that they can satisfy the Judge that it is relevant.

The fairly recent case involving the footballer Ched Evans caused widespread concern. Let me explain why it should not. Ched Evans, and his friend had sex with a young woman. Both had a trial. Mr. Evans was convicted after trial, and spent 2 1/2 years in prison. He had a retrial. Evidence was put in his retrial, that was specific. The Judge refused the evidence to allow the evidence to be put to the complainant in the first trial. The evidence was so specific, and so relevant, that the second trial Judge allowed the evidence to go before the Court. He was acquitted on retrial.

S41 of the YJCEA requires the evidence to be so similar to the complainants behaviour at the time of the complaint. It is for the Defendant to establish the true relevance of the evidence to the issues in the case in which you are to give evidence. The Judge has to be satisfied that the evidence is relevant to the issues of the case.

This does not mean that questions cannot be put in an attempt to undermine the credibility of the witness. Proper and relevant questions can be put, and the test is specific, and quite a hurdle for the defendant to overcome.

it is not automatic, even if the questions may have relevance, for the trial Judge to give permission to question anyone on their previous sexual history. It would never be read out in Court, and neither should it. The Court exists to ensure that each witness, both the Defendant and the Complainant give their best evidence. You may not have to appear in the same Courtroom as the Defendant, evidence can be given by videolink, you can give evidence behind screens so that the Defendant cannot see you. Gone are the days where further control can be exerted against you by humiliation in Court, and that is progress.

Questions cannot be put to humiliate, it is a poor advocate who tries such a tactic, and I can guarantee that any Judge will quickly slap down such tactics.

Giving evidence can be traumatic, Witness support are worth their weight in gold for providing guidance. Take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Courtroom before giving evidence. It is a Courtroom, not a cockpit. Speak about your concerns to your barrister, more importantly, remember, if your history is not relevant, it is not heard. It is a hard test to overcome for the defendant.

Always remember this, if he tells you, “All your past will come out”, he is both wrong, and bullying. Don’t let a threat stand in the way of the truth.

Simon Says: R v Joe Storey

Simon Says:  R v Joe Storey

Simon Spence QC is one of our brilliant trustees and part of our legal team. Here he writes about his successful prosecution in Regina v Joe Storey- a domestic homicide:

I prosecuted this case at Norwich Crown Court in June 2017. Storey was charged with the Murder of his girlfriend, Kerri McAuley. He battered her to death in her flat whilst under the influence of alcohol and cocaine after a Friday night out. He left the flat, leaving her to die on the floor of her hallway.

Joe Storey was a large, powerful man. Kerri was petite and very pretty. She had two sons, of whom she was immensely proud. She maintained good relations with their father, who was looking after them for the weekend in question.

Storey and Kerri had a very turbulent relationship. He had been violent to her in the past and manipulated her mentally, bombarding her with thousands of texts and phone calls on a daily basis. Horrifying pictures of bruised and swollen face were found by the police on her Facebook page. And yes, she kept forgiving him and taking him back. In one very poignant text, she foreshadowed her own death, suggesting that one day he would kill her.

Storey’s controlling and violent behaviour was not restricted to Kerri. He had been the subject of no fewer than 4 Restraining Orders by courts in relation to previous girlfriends. All of this background evidence went before the jury to give them an indication of the sort of man they were trying.

Kerri’s injuries were horrific. They were limited to her head and face. Every bone in her facial structure was broken. He jawbone was fractured on both sides, so the jaw itself was hanging loose, held in place only by the skin covering it. Both eye sockets were broken and there were 21 separate fractures to her face. She had clearly tried to escape and he had pulled her back into the flat, given blood patterning around the front door. Before he left, he smeared her blood all over his face and took a selfie, which the police recovered from his phone. He left the flat with Kerri dying on the floor. He went to a friend’s flat and spent that evening and the following day scoring drugs and watching pornography on his mobile.

How was Kerri’s body discovered? Not by Storey notifying the police. Fortunately for Kerri’s two boys, they nor their father had a key to the flat, so when he returned the boys on the Sunday evening they could not get in. Kerri’s mother and brother had to attend and it was they who discovered her broken, bloodied body on the floor, a sight that will haunt them for the rest of their lives, they said.

Storey pleaded Not Guilty to Murder but admitted Manslaughter on the basis that he did not intend to cause Kerri serious bodily harm (the required intent for murder). It took the jury less than 40 minutes to reject his defence and convict him of murder.

He is now serving a life sentence for her murder with a minimum term of 24 years to serve before he is eligible to be considered for parole.

A dangerous woman beater is now safely behind bars.

If you are affected by any of the issues discussed here, please feel free to contact us at 


Ask A Lawyer- What is Domestic Abuse?

Ask A Lawyer- What is Domestic Abuse?


Mark Peter Savage is a senior solicitor and partner at Anthony King & Co in Basildon, Essex.  Here he advises about some of the signs of abuse and how to recognise and combat them:

There is not, and can never be a good reason for anyone to be abused either physically, or emotionally. Love should come without both pain and fear, if it does not, then there is no love.

What is abuse and what can I do if I suspect I am being abused?

The easy type of abuse to recognise, is the physical abuse. The over restraint, grabbing of wrists, twisting of flesh, but far too often, so much more. The black eyes, threats, unwanted sex, the threats that , ” No one will believe you, you are mad, you will lose the kids, I will report you to social services” All attempts to control you, make you fear, preventing you from acting.

You do not have to tolerate unwanted sexual advances. There is no right to sex in a relationship, rape is non consensual sex. If you are forced to have sex against your will, it is rape. No one owns your body, it is yours, marriage or a long term relationship does not give anyone the right to co trol your body. You have the right to say no, you have the right to report him for rape. Your body, your rights.

There is no such thing as reasonable chastisement in a relationship, it is not your fault if he hits you, spits at you, threatens you. You have a right to be free and safe from physical abuse. He may apologise, say its never happened before, swear he will never lay a hand on you again, and he may not. Why take the risk? Even if you have had an almighty row, no one deserves to be hit, threatened or spat at. Chinese burns are not funny, not part of p!ay, neither is a grab or bruising of flesh, they are criminal assaults, the police should be contacted, you should have him prosecuted. You are entitled to be safe in a relationship, there are different criminal offences for different levels.of assault. Dont be a victim, take back control.

If your partner continues to pester you, sends you abusive texts, makes anonymous phone calls, this is harassment, the police have to act, report it. Do not let them dictate your life, you had the courage to leave them, make sure they get the message, if they harass you, have them prosecuted. It is a criminal offence. No one has the right to dictate your life, you are entitled to be free from control. Report an offence. Nothing is too trivial, or embarassing. I once dealt with a client who thought it appropriate to go to his ex girlfriend’s place of work and throw her panties at her new boyfriend saying, ” these are yours” he did many other things, he went to prison. She got a restraining order, he breached it, he is still in prison.

If your partner tells you what to wear, who you can see, monitors your calls, that is a criminal offence- ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’.  It is your life you live it, no one has the right to dictate to you what you should do, why put up with it? The law is there to help you, use it.

If you get your abuser prosecuted, you can get extra protection from the court by getting a restraining order, it will keep him away from you for a period of up to 5 years, or course civil injunctions are also available, but criminal sanctions are far more effective, and the police listen to victims much more than they used to. Take back control, you have nothing to lose but your shackles.

Police Commissioner Grant for The Daisy Chain Project

Police Commissioner Grant for The Daisy Chain Project



The Daisy Chain Project has received a grant of £2972.50 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safe Space Sussex Funding Network.

Jade-Shannon Patrick and Hayley Stoner will be joining the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne on 22nd August to accept the grant award and explain how the funding will help victims to cope and recover from crime and abuse in Sussex.

Commenting on the funding award Jade-Shannon Patrick said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Safe Space Funding Network, which will enable us to recruit more lawyers, advertise and keep our credentials and our website up-to-date so that we have a wider reach to help people.”

Commending The Daisy Chain Project on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “The Daisy Chain Project is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to help victims and protect our most vulnerable.

“Since the Funding Network was first opened in February we have had 27 approved providers join. I opened the network for funding applications on the 4th of June and we received 29 applications. Over £550,000 is being made available to these providers over the next two years which will help to enhance our understanding and meet the needs of victims in Sussex.

“I look forward to visiting the team at The Daisy Chain Project and following the progress of their project over the next year.”

Domestic Abuse In the News

Domestic Abuse In the News

More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year according to The Office for National Statistics’ annual report on domestic abuse .

Women in their 20s and early 40s are statistically the next most vulenerable groups, but it is important to remember that age and gender have no bearing on domestic abuse and anybody can suffer it at any time in their life.

About 7% of men who are still in their teens have also experienced it, according to the data.

Domestic abuse includes non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking by a partner or family member – the most common of which is abuse by a partner. To find out more about this see our page dedicated to the law surrounding domestic abuse.

The Law: A Brief Overview

The Law: A Brief Overview

There is no universally agreed definition of domestic abuse as it comes in so many forms and situations. The most all-encompassing definition, however, is that domestic abuse is any instance or pattern of incidents of violence, controlling, abusive, coercive or threatening behaviour in the context of a domestic or familial relationship.

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

This Act extended provisions to help address and prevent domestic abuse by creating the specific new offence of ‘causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable child or adult’. This essentially means that if someone was to stay quiet about the circumstances of a domestic death, they are still able to be prosecuted for not stopping it or raising the alarm about it. This Act was amended in 2012 to include ‘causing or allowing serious physical harm’ to a vulnerable child or adult.

Serious Crime Act 2015 section 76

This created the new offence of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship’ meaning that emotional and psychological abuse that stopped short of physical contact became a criminal offence carrying a prison sentence of up to 5 years.

Adoption and Children Act 2002 Section 120

This amended the definition of ‘harm’ as defined in the Children Act 1989 to include impairment from witnessing or hearing the mistreatment of of another. This meant that children regularly exposed to domestic incidents are able to be protected by law in England and Wales. This can include being removed from the family home for safeguarding.