We’ve signed this Open Letter initiated by #Thecourtsaid, along with many other groups and individuals. There must be an urgent review of all current cases involving domestic violence, “parental alienation”, children being forced to have contact with abusive fathers or being taken from their mothers into foster care or to live with abusive fathers. This is state sanctioned child abuse and it’s got to stop!
21st August 2020
Dear Rt Hon Robert Buckland
We, the undersigned, are writing as concerned individuals and organisations regarding matters in Family Court, and the Review into the Family Court in Private Law Domestic Abuse cases. We are calling for urgent redress to be provided for victims of Domestic Abuse affected by the harm in Family Court, confirmed by the review granted in 2019.
It is imperative that victims have access to the following:
- An immediate case review into Domestic Abuse cases in England & Wales that have been affected by this issue.
- Poor decisions leading to children being placed with known perpetrators of abuse should be reversed, and children returned to safety. Unsafe contact orders in place also need to be made safe for children.
Currently in the Family Court it is ‘business as usual’ which means that whilst the Ministry of Justice delivered a commendable review, the poor decisions in Domestic Abuse cases are continuing. Victims currently have no way of reliably reversing miscarriages of justice or unsafe decisions due to the absence of meaningful recourse, even if their cases are current. We urgently need to establish a fair system where those who have been affected by the harm in Family Court have a way of accessing justice. Poor decisions in Family Court have lifelong catastrophic effects on victims and children. The government needs to help put things right.
We want the abuse to stop.
Natalie Page (#thecourtsaid)
Victoria Hudson (#getmhome)
Claire Waxman (Victims Commissioner, London)
Dr Adrienne Barnett (Brunel University)
Rachel Horman-Brown (Paladin)
Welsh Women’s Aid
Anthea Sully (White Ribbon)
Vivien Bickham MBE
Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Prof. Shazia Choudhry (Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London)
Cardiff Women’s Aid
Clare Walker Consultancy
Dr Jessica Taylor (VictimFocus)
Vivien Hayes (Women’s Resource Centre)
Rachel Williams (SUTDA)
Zoe Dronfield (IWMM)
Rachel Holliday (Women Out West)
Cardiff Women’s Centre
Abuse Free life – John Trott
The Asian Feminist
Jane Gregory (Salford Survivor Project)
Bristol Women’s Voice
Kim Fawcett (Globalarrk)
Preston Domestic Violence Services
Men Against VAWG
Susan Dolan (The People’s Hub)
Indian Ladies UK
Cathy Press (Escape the Trap)
YES Matters UK
Sarah Wigley Associates
Empower the Invisible Project C.I.C
Charlotte Kneer (RBWA)
Legal Action for Women
Tracey Norton (Support Not Separation)
Gemma Aitchison (YES Matters UK)
Charlotte Budd (#JusticeForFCChildren)
Jennifer Gilmour (#Abusetalk)
Women Against Rape
Global Women’s Strike
Louise Reay (The Doormat Recreation Society)
Ursula Lindenberg FRSA, VOICES Bath
Peter Brandt Dip SW, PC.dp, CIS LI, FCMI, VOICES Bath
cc- Rt Hon Robert Buckland, Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Rt Hon Priti Patel, Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs.