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Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on his Department's review of domestic abuse and the family courts.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

On 21 May 2019 we announced a public call for evidence led by a panel of experts to gather evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences.

The panel completed the call for evidence in September 2019, and published a Progress Update in October outlining the work completed and next steps.

The panel has been meeting regularly to discuss the wealth of evidence collected from 1,200 individuals and organisations, and are in the process of drafting their report. This will be published in due course.

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