30 May 2018
A study by Professor Shazia Choudhry and Women’s Aid found that victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts more than a year after the government promised to stop such ordeals. The report found that children’s lives were being put at risk because victims were not being given safe or fair hearings.
Shazia Choudhry, a professor of law at Queen Mary, said: “There is evidence of the family courts failing in their responsibility to prevent and investigate acts of violence towards these survivors, and facilitating or failing to challenge a climate of gender discrimination within the courtroom. The findings of this research are deeply concerning and require urgent attention from both the judiciary and the legal profession.”