The Government has listened to Women’s Aid and the All-Party Parliamentary Group
on Domestic Violence
who have raised their concerns about this practice. As I made clear in the House of Commons
on 9 January, we are determined to improve the family justice response to vulnerable witnesses, and victims of domestic abuse in particular. Family judges have a range of powers to make sure difficult courtroom situations are handled sensitively for vulnerable witnesses, and we continue to work with the judiciary to consider what additional protections may be necessary. We are particularly concerned about the fact that unrepresented alleged perpetrators of abuse can directly cross-examine their alleged victims in family proceedings. The Justice Secretary
is urgently considering how to put an end to this practice.