Refuge responds to a new law stopping perpetrators of domestic violence from cross-examining their victims in family courts

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Responding to the news that the Government is to bring in new legislation to stop perpetrators of domestic violence from cross-examining their victims in the family courts, Sandra Horley CBE,  chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge says:

“Refuge is pleased to learn that perpetrators will be banned from 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.

“Refuge supports over 4,700 clients on any given day and hears daily accounts of women being cross-examined by an abusive ex-partner in the family courts. It takes great courage for a woman to give evidence in court and she must be able to access the family court system safe in the knowledge that she will not face yet more abuse. Banning perpetrators from cross examining their victims is a positive step forward.”

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

For more on this story, contact the press office on press@refuge.org.uk or on 0207 395 7731.