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The issue of domestic abuse is ever present in the work of the Family Court. I have recently received and signed a petition that was set up by Women’s Aid to try to prevent proposed funding changes by the government. Under the new plans, rent money, which used to go straight to domestic violence refuges, will instead go to local authorities – effectively forcing refuges to compete for funding with other local services.
The impact of workload pressures on the family court system has become the subject of public focus over the past months. A recent report focussing on cases of inappropriate contact orders putting children at risk was aired on BBC Look North...