Violence Against Women and Call for UK Family Court Reform
"The devastating truth is that access to justice is simply not available for many victims of Domestic Violence, up and down the country, because of this Government’s changes to LEGAL AID.
For victims who do make it to the family courts, the ordeal does not stop there. Survivors frequently report being re-traumatised in the family court room, with the perpetrator allowed to continue their abuse by manipulating the court process. Women are still routinely cross-examined in front of or even by the perpetrator in what can be a deeply traumatising process; and outside the courtroom, survivors can come face to face with the perpetrator.
Our justice system is designed to protect the perpetrator not the victim."
Gloria D Piero, Labour MP for Ashfield 18th July, 2018 Parliamentary Debate, Child First Campaign