Government pledges reform after expert-led review into domestic abuse is handled raised concerns that victims and children were being put at unnecessary risk

Today the Government has published an expert-led review into how the family courts handle domestic abuse and other serious offences and promised an overhaul of how the these courts deal with domestic abuse survivors and their children.

As well as the report the Ministry of Justice has also published an implementation plan detailing how it will action its recommendations.

Reacting to the news Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales said: “This panel of experts has dug deep to understand, and address, the serious harm to domestic abuse victims and their children caused over many years by the presumption of contact, and the intensely adversarial process present in the family courts.

“With children’s voices rarely heard in these proceeding and even more rarely heeded, victims and children are in need of better protections from abusive perpetrators.

“I welcome the report, its recommendations, and the implementation plan which will help to address these, and other concerns. It has my full support. And I call on the government to action it as a matter of urgency,” she said.