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Glossary of Terms in family proceedings 18.02.09
The Family Justice Court Diversity Committee has kindly supplied a glossary of terms that people may find useful when attending court.
Response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on domestic violence, forced marriage and “honour”-based violence 01.08.08
The government’s response (published on 23rd July 2008) has unfortunately accepted only a few of the Committee’s recommendations...
Consultation response: Children and Adoption Act 2006 – Court Rules 23.06.08
Women's Aid respond to the Ministry of Justic consultation entitled: Children and Adoption Act 2006 – Court RulesAmendments to the Family Proceedings Rules 1991
Women's Aid briefing on Ofsted’s inspection of Cafcass - south east region 30.05.08
A recently published  inspection report from Ofsted on Cafcass  South East  region, has found that, although Cafcass offers a good to adequate service for children and young people involved in public law proceedings, its services in private law proceedings in the region are inadequate. View Women's Aid briefing on the report.
Statistics: protection given by court orders 28.01.08
View the numbers of court orders filed e.g. restraining orders, non-molestation orders.
Survivor support: civil law 22.01.08
Women seeking information about domestic violence under civil law may find the questions and answers in this article relevant to their situation.
Domestic Crime and Victims Act 2004 - advantages and disadvantages of new sections 17.07.07
An article on the implications of the changes in the Domestic Crime and Victims Act legislation which came into being from 1st July 2007/
Women's Aid briefing: Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 17.07.07
This breifing includes information on the new sections of the act which were implemented on 1st July 2007, as well as summarising the provisions contained within the Act as a whole.  The briefing also assess the extent to which domestic violence legislation is likely to increase the safety of those experiencing domestic violence.
Breach of non-molestation orders 02.07.07
It is now a criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order without a reasonable excuse for doing so. Find out what happens if a non-molestaion order is breached.
Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004: two new sections implemented 01.07.07
How will the new sections of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 work? Find out about the advantages and disadvantages from Women's Aid point of view.