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source: BBC News
published: 25 June 2020

Domestic abuse victims will get greater protections in an “overhaul of how the family courts deal with the horrific crime”, the government has announced.

Under new plans, more victims will have access to separate courtroom entrances, waiting rooms and protective screens to shield them from their alleged abuser. A number of reforms will be included in the upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

It comes after an expert-led review of the family courts’ handling domestic abuse, following a BBC investigation.

Research by the Victoria Derbyshire programme found that within five years at least four children were killed by a parent with a known history of domestic abuse after a family court granted access.

The BBC also learned of cases where a parent with convictions for serious crimes relating to domestic abuse – including rape and serious violent offences – were granted unsupervised access to their child.

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