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Domestic abuse tactics in the Family Court– how do we achieve cultural change in 2024?

Date:12 FEB 2024
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Shona Love, Barrister, Pump Court Chambers

This contribution shines a spotlight on the abuse tactics used by perpetrators in family law proceedings and examines how the family courts are navigating cases involving domestic abuse. In so doing, it will consider new legislation (Domestic Abuse Act 2021) together with recent case law and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s July 2023 report; ‘The Family Court and domestic abuse: achieving cultural change’ which includes a number of recommendations. It will also briefly include the government’s response (November 2023) to the Commissioner’s report and in turn, the Commissioner’s updated view in light of this. This article concludes with some final thoughts, mainly that urgent reform is desperately long overdue.



The full article has published in the January issue of Family Law



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