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Support for domestic abuse victims during lockdown

25/11/2020 - COVID-19 Advice | Domestic abuse | Relationships

As we mark White Ribbon Day (25th November) and the start of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism, we revisit a blog written by Shanika Varga, a Senior Solicitor at our office in Leeds who explains five ways victims can access support for domestic abuse during the lockdown Support for domestic abuse during lockdown Most…

Should parental alienation be included in the definition of domestic abuse?

01/11/2019 - Children

Parental alienation and domestic abuse As I have mentioned here numerous times, the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill is currently making its (somewhat bumpy) way through Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to “raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact on victims, to further improve the effectiveness of the justice system in…

New Domestic Abuse Bill published

21/01/2019 - Family

“Throughout my political career I have worked to bring about an end to domestic abuse. Our new Domestic Abuse Bill will help survivors and stamp out this life-shattering crime.” So tweeted Prime Minister Theresa May, announcing the new Domestic Abuse Bill. Well, it’s a nice idea, but of course nothing will bring an end to…

How does conflict during separation and divorce affect children?

14/08/2020 - Children | Stowe guests

The effect of conflict during separation and divorce on children  Luisa Williams, CEO & Founder from My Family Psychologist joins us on the blog with her advice on how does conflict during separation and divorce affect children?  Imagine that you are about to go on the world’s scariest rollercoaster ride.  You didn’t want to go on it at…

A closer look at the latest call for a family justice inquiry

03/06/2019 - Family Law

In my weekly review post here last Friday I mentioned the recent call from a group of 37 “concerned family and human rights lawyers, working in-house in women’s organisations, in private practice and at the Bar”, who are asking for an independent inquiry into the treatment of domestic abuse in the family courts. As I…

A week in family law: Domestic abuse, call for reform and worries for modernisation

08/06/2018 - Divorce | Family | Family Law | Industry News

Another week in family law passes and this week I have noted a number of articles and research on domestic abuse in the UK today. It’s also been another week of reform calls and a very sobering insight into the reality of the current court modernisation process. Here are my thoughts… ONS examines data on…

Divorce and children: more questions answered

28/02/2014 - Children | Divorce | Family | Family Law | Relationships | Stowe Family Law

Mark Christie, the head of the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to this blog in recent weeks.   Do maintenance payments drop if I move in with a new partner who has children? Yes, under the new child maintenance scheme the parent who pays child…

Committee recommends strengthening of Domestic Abuse Bill

18/06/2019 - Family Law | Relationships

Last week was a bumper week for new family law legislation. First we had the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill on Thursday, and that was quickly followed on Friday by the publication of the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee (of MPs and Members of the Lords) on the Government’s draft Domestic…

Domestic abuse prosecutions without the victim’s support

31/01/2020 - Relationships

Evidence-led domestic abuse cases HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (‘HMCPSI’) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (‘HMICFRS’) have published a joint report on ‘evidence-led’ domestic abuse cases (i.e. where the victim of domestic abuse decides not to support a prosecution), finding that the handling of such prosecutions requires improvement. OK, I…

A few thoughts on the domestic abuse consultation

13/03/2018 - Family Law

“Through this Bill I want to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising that it is a crime that comes in many forms – physical, emotional, economic. This is about creating a society that protects individuals and families at the earliest opportunity, before such abuse has a chance to…

Time to change how the courts handle domestic abuse

20/01/2021 - Domestic abuse

Maybe this year will finally be the year of change for victims of domestic abuse and how the courts handle domestic abuse. On the 5th of January, we saw the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords which will introduce, amongst others, a new definition of domestic abuse, extra protection…

Almost 50% of children who witness domestic violence not known to social services

27/02/2014 - Family | News

Forty-six per cent of children exposed to domestic violence have had no previous dealings with social services, a charity has claimed. Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) examined the cases of 877 children receiving support from four different domestic abuse services. Sixty-two per cent of the children had experienced emotional abuse, physical abuse or neglect…

The mental effects of domestic abuse

11/06/2019 - Relationships

I suspect that when most people think of domestic abuse they envisage physical abuse, and physical injuries to the victim. At least that is likely to be the case with people who have not experienced abuse, or witnessed it, whether first- or second-hand. But domestic abuse, even of the physical kind, can also seriously affect…

The appalling extent of child abuse

23/01/2020 - Children

The appalling extent of child abuse: On the 14th of January the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) published its first ‘compendium’ of statistics for child abuse in England and Wales, for the year ending March 2019. As it contains some truly appalling figures, I thought I should take a closer look. Better understanding As the…

Domestic abuse survivors to protest this weekend

24/10/2019 - Relationships | Uncategorized

Westminster has been a hive of protest recently. Whether another protest, due this Saturday, will be noticed amongst all the others, I don’t know. Still, that isn’t deterring a group of domestic abuse survivors, who are campaigning to change the way domestic abuse is treated in the family court. The Court Said Specifically, the protest,…


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