Women’s Aid responds to the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s report highlighting ongoing concerns about the traumatising experience of the Family Court for survivors 


Lucy Hadley, Head of Policy at Women’s Aid, said: 

“We welcome this important report from the Domestic Abuse Commissioner. The report highlights the systemic challenges facing survivors and their children when trying to secure safe contact arrangements after leaving an abuser.

“The report’s findings support what survivors tell us everyday. Women report that family courts are harrowing and retraumatising, with the impact of domestic abuse being minimised and dangerous contact decisions still being made. 

“Three years on from the Harm Panel report, which found deep-seated problems in how the family courts respond to domestic abuse, we demand justice and safety for survivors. Reform of the family courts is an urgent political priority and we welcome the report’s recommendations for change.”

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