The family courts have recently received significant negative media attention in relation to their handling of child arrangement cases where there are allegations of domestic abuse. Anecdotal evidence suggests that women who find themselves in this situation often feel that the family court context exposes them to re-traumatisation for numerous reasons, perhaps demonstrating the notion that current family court processes are not fit for purpose. This concept has been reinforced by a recent government review (All Party Parliamentary Group, 2018). The objective of this study is therefore to review current processes within the family court in ensuring the safety of survivors of domestic abuse while settling child arrangements where the father is the perpetrator (from the perspective of professionals) Specific focus will be on:
The ultimate goal of this piece of research will be to make recommendations regarding current processes so as to ensure maximum protection for survivors of domestic abuse who find themselves in the family court under PD12J, and their children.