Domestic Abuse, lockdown and the Family Courts – three weeks in, what have we learnt?

We are now three weeks into lockdown and statistics continue to show a worrying rise in the number of calls to Domestic Abuse helplines. During this time, the Family Court continues to function and our Emergency Team is working hard to secure protective injunctions for our clients. We’ve secured dozens of protective injunctions at ‘remote’ telephone Court hearings. We set out below some of what we have learnt so far: ‘Remote’ Hearings These have become common practice for securing emergency protective injunctions such as Non-molestation Orders or Occupation Orders. Remote hearings either take place via telephone or video call and can be a quick, effective way to ensure protection for…