APCC Victims Leads, Deputy Mayor of London, Sophie Linden, and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner of North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said
“We warmly welcome today’s announcement that the Government will be taking forward a range of measures to support survivors of domestic abuse and their children in the Family Court and to ensure that they receive greater protection.
For far too long, the support and protections that should be available to survivors of domestic abuse through the criminal justice process simply do not exist, and it can be a struggle from the moment the survivor steps into the Family Court.
We welcome the fact that, having taken note of feedback and conversations, the report had recommended positive change and collective improvement. The APCC has been calling for this to change for a number of years and today’s announcement is an important first step; we must now ensure that the commitments announced today are delivered as quickly as possible.”