The news this week that the government is finally getting around to addressing the practice of abusers cross examining their victims in the family courts has been welcomed by domestic violence campaigners and the President of the Family Division.
However, this is going to require legislation, which is going to take time.
If you are currently going through the family courts and are worried that your partner may be going to question you directly at an upcoming hearing, you don’t have to wait for the law to protect you.
Practice Direction 12J advises all family law judges to step in and prevent victims and alleged victims of domestic violence from being cross examined by partners who have already been convicted of abusive behaviour or have been accused of such behaviour by the victim. Whilst this Direction is only guidance and does not have the same binding effect as law, its…
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