Prime Minister Theresa May thanks Women’s Aid for Child First campaign

Friday 16th March 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has written to Women’s Aid in response to our Child First campaign and Nineteen Child Homicides report, and the delivery of 42,000 signatures supporting it to Downing Street in January.

She said: “The report and the related Child First campaign underline the need to prioritise a child’s best interests in contact cases involving domestic abuse, and to ensure that known risks are given proper consideration. The family court’s overriding duty is to treat the welfare of the child as its paramount consideration when deciding child arrangements.”

She continued: “You mention the Justice Secretary has ordered urgent work to consider how best to end the practice of abusers cross-examining their victims in person at  family proceedings. This is an issue brought to the fore by the efforts of Women’s Aid.

“I believe high priority should be given to tackling domestic abuse and supporting its victims. Thank you for your continuing efforts to bring these matters to public attention.

“The contribution made by those who have themselves suffered the consequences of appalling abuse is particularly impressive, such as Claire and Zoe. I was struck by the bravery and determination shown by Claire in attending the House of Commons debate on these issues last September.”


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