The family law team at Churchers help victims of domestic abuse by supporting them in securing protection from further harm for both themselves and their children.
Perpetrators of domestic abuse often deny that any abuse has taken place. Victims are known to have suffered in silence for many years before speaking out and asking for help. Sometimes, the only evidence is the testimony from the victim, as often domestic abuse takes place behind closed doors and is hidden from friends and family.
In order to protect victims and their children, the court will conduct a fact-finding process to determine whether, on the balance of probabilities, that the abuse occurred. Our skilled and empathetic lawyers will support clients through the process of presenting all the available evidence to the court.
Support for victims of domestic abuse has improved in recent years to minimise the trauma which can come with such cases. Special measures are now available for court hearings, such as separate entrances, separate waiting rooms and screens in court rooms, so that victims do not have to see their abuser. In the past, victims of domestic violence could face cross examination in court from their perpetrator.
We are pleased to report that since 21st July, victims of domestic abuse are spared from being cross-examined by their alleged abusers. In cases where there is specified evidence of domestic abuse between those involved or there is a conviction or protective injunction in place between the parties, the court will appoint a legal professional to ask questions. This service is available if an alleged abuser does not have their own legal representation.