Domestic Violence: Victims

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th May 2021.

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Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

What steps his Department is taking to support victims of domestic violence through the civil and family courts process.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

We have passed the landmark Domestic Abuse Act, which received Royal Assent on 29 April, representing our commitment to transforming our response to this crime.

This Act contains significant reforms to the ways in which victims are supported in the family and civil courts, including a prohibition on cross-examination in person by perpetrators and automatic eligibility for special measures in family and civil courts to help alleviate their trauma.

We are also continuing work to deliver our commitments made in response to the Expert Panel on Harm in the Family Courts report.

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