Orange Day: the world turns orange

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was established in 1999 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, with Resolution 54/134 of 17 December, and is held every year on 25 November. The day is also known as Orange Day because the colour orange is recognised across the world […]

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Transparency in the Family Courts Report

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published a report providing his conclusions following a review of the provisions on transparency in the family courts. He outlines that “the present system in the Family Courts whereby a journalist may attend any hearing but may not always report what they observe, is not […]

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“Special Measures” against fear

Special measures are provisions available under the direction of the court to aid vulnerable parties to give evidence or participate in court proceedings. Provision for special measures in family proceedings is made in Part 3A of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, supported by Practice Direction 3AA. These rules provide that victims of domestic abuse, and […]

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CAFCASS – Together with children and families framework

NEWS Cafcass launched its relationship-based practice framework called “Together with children and families” in September this year. Cafcass state on their website that this new framework sets out the importance of working with children and their families, based on developing trusting relationships and where listening, understanding, clear reasoning, respect and integrity are prioritised. Cafcass outline […]

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner – Nicole Jacobs

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner is an independent voice that speaks on behalf of victims and survivors. The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has called for urgent funding and more dedicated specialist court support after a new report – Understanding Court Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse 2021, revealed that 89 per cent of domestic abuse survivors do not […]

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About the Author of Blog Thingamybob

Women’s McKenzie Friend. Support through Court. Swindon, Salisbury and Oxford. Women’s McKenzie Friend Blog is written by Mary Cosker. As a frustrated writer it affords me the opportunity to practice on you, the reader! I believe the context of our lives is as integral to our world as any specifics – so my blog is […]

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Definition of Economic Abuse – Domestic Abuse Act 2021

A definition of “domestic abuse” is now outlined in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. Within this definition Economic Abuse is recognised in law for the very first time. The Act defines economic abuse as any behaviour that has a substantial and adverse effect on an individual’s ability to:  (a) acquire, use or maintain money or […]

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Domestic Abuse Act 2021

The Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April and has been signed into law, becoming the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. So how should the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 help victims of domestic abuse? There are a number of key introductions within the act that should promote protection and safety of survivors of abuse. […]

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