• Rights of domestic violence victims being sidelined by the Government

    According to a report by Rights of Women, a legal rights charity, Government plans to enshrine the right of both divorced fathers and mothers to see their children are putting victims of domestic violence at further risk.

    When it comes to family proceedings, the needs of domestic violence victims are often ignored, with plans to prioritise ‘shared parenting’ taking priority.

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    Domestic violence is a serious and complex issue, and the impact and effects on both the victim and any children have both short and long term physical, emotional and psychological consequences and when Nick Clegg states where it is safe and in the child’s best interest, the law is clear that both parents share responsibility in their upbringing” the key emphasis should be on the words ‘Safe” and “Child’s best interests.

    Safety should always be of paramount importance for agencies or organisations dealing with domestic violence cases, and the family courts should be no different.

    Provisions are, and can be made available to ensure safety is paramount, the key is for all to be working in partnership to ensure that what is available is made available and can be accessed by victims of domestic violence

    Many a time as a former police officer, and in particular as a police domestic violence officer, I attended the family court with a victim of DV, I was not able to be part of the proceedings but stayed in the waiting room.

    Court ushers and solicitors would arrange for a separate room to be available for a victim if any concerns were raised, once the hearing begins the onus is on the solicitors, or in the absence of a solicitor, for the Judge to set out clear boundaries of appropriate behaviour to prevent intimidation or threats and to intervene where a personal verbal attack ensues.

    For more information on dealing with domestic violence and helping victims of domestic violence, contact me, Tina Royles, on 01244 760 113.

    My aim with this website is to provide the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education in order to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

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    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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