Family courts ‘not safe space’ for domestic abuse survivors

In a recent article, the BBC reported that family courts are ‘not safe spaces for domestic abuse survivors’. Chrystal Theofanous, Head of Domestic Abuse shares her thoughts below. “Whilst I am pleased that this case has hit the headlines to bring awareness of what is happening within the courts up and down the county, I am disappointed to say this is not an isolated case. For years we have been told that judges and indeed Magistrates are to get ‘specialist training’ when it comes to dealing with domestic abuse cases. However, more and more we are coming across barriers where victims of domestic abuse are often made to feel like…