Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess the efficacy of the communication between the criminal courts and the family courts where a prosecution for domestic abuse is happening alongside child contact proceedings.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister for Equalities (Department for Education), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 28 October 2015.

The correct answer should have been:

The Ministry of Justice does not collect information centrally on Litigants in Person, or on who is cross examining witnesses in family court cases.

The Government takes the issue of domestic violence extremely seriously. A number of recent measures have been taken to strengthen and clarify the family court’s response to issues of domestic violence.

Where criminal and civil proceedings are taking place at the same time, prosecutors will ensure that the court has the appropriate information to enable them to make other orders that prioritise the safety of victims, children and young people.

Guidance to the family court makes clear that if domestic violence is alleged, the court must take this is into account when making decisions about contact with a child and the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.

Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Services (HMCTS) are constantly looking for ways to improve the service that they offer to victims and witnesses. This includes making the appropriate links between family court proceedings and the criminal justice system.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister for Equalities (Department for Education), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not collect information centrally on Litigants in Person, or on who is cross examining witnesses in family court cases.

The Government takes the issue of domestic violence extremely seriously. A number of recent measures have been taken to strengthen and clarify the family court’s response to issues of domestic violence.

Where criminal and civil proceedings are taking place at the same time, prosecutors will ensure that the court has the appropriate information to enable them to make other orders that prioritise the safety of victims, children and young people.

Guidance to the family court makes clear that if domestic violence is alleged, the court must take this is into account when making decisions about contact with a child and the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.

Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Services (HMCTS) are constantly looking for ways to improve the service that they offer to victims and witnesses. This includes making the appropriate links between family court proceedings and the criminal justice system.

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