As the Courts re-open after the closures caused by the pandemic, it has been accepted that domestic abuse complainants should be allowed to enter the Courts from a separate entrance so they do not have to occupy the same areas as their alleged abuser. This is part of an overhaul of the Family Courts that has been announced by the Government. As well as separate Court entrances, the Ministry of Justice has indicated that victims will also be given separate waiting rooms and protective screens to shield them from their alleged abuser in Court.
The Court Service is recognising the need for greater support for victims of abuse.
At Hewitts we have a dedicated family team who can assist with all family law matters.