Refuge responds to the news that Justice Secretary Liz Truss has set up an emergency review into perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their victims in family courts

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 22.09.57Responding to the news that Justice Secretary Liz Truss has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

“Refuge welcomes Justice Secretary Liz Truss’s emergency review into perpetrators cross-examining their victims in family courts. Domestic violence is all about power and control and many perpetrators use the family courts as a way to maintain their control and further abuse their ex partners. This cannot continue.

“Refuge supports over 4,600 clients on any given day and hears daily accounts of women being cross-examined by an abusive ex-partner in the family courts. This is not acceptable; this is not justice. It takes great courage to take a perpetrator to court and in reality only a few cases make it to court. When a woman is courageous enough to take this step she must be able to access the family court system safe in the knowledge that she will not face yet more abuse. Refuge hopes that the findings from the review bring about the protection and support women urgently need.”

If you’re experiencing domestic violence, you’re not alone. Please visit www.refuge.org.uk.