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'Defendants who represent themselves may directly cross-examine their victims, while unrepresented victims are given no option but to confront their abuser in court. This is often a very traumatic experience for the victim, however the Prison and Courts Bill 2016/7 which sought to ban the action in the family court fell through due to the 2017 snap general election.'Goold concludes that the Government’s announcement is ‘wholly hypocritical and a publicity stunt to suggest they are doing something to address the problem when they have actively making cuts to exacerbate it’.