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Report to the President of the Family Division and a Draft Revised PD12J

Date:20 JAN 2017
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Report to the President of the Family Division

1. In January 2016 Women’s Aid published as part of its Child First Campaign a report entitled ‘Nineteen Child Homicides: What must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements and the family courts’. The publication of that report was followed by a Parliamentary Hearing convened by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence; a Parliamentary Briefing Paper in turn followed the hearing. Both papers included a number of recommendations for the Ministry of Justice for the Senior Family Judiciary and for statutory agencies involved in family law processes in relation to cases of domestic abuse in the family court.

2. On 15 September 2016 the issues raised by the report of Women’s Aid and the APPG were debated in Parliament; the Government was called upon to review the treatment and experiences of victims of domestic abuse in family law courts. It was noted in the reports and in the debate that in recent years the criminal courts had made significant positive adaptions to its processes to accommodate the needs...

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