Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 40 comments

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Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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Children’s rights, Cafcass figures and more

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January 13, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Perhaps it has something to do with the time of year, but there haven’t been an awful lot of family law stories of importance this week. Still, I have come up with the following. The continuing saga of the problem of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims…

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Police announce new coercive control pilot

September 22, 2016 7 comments

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Officers from three police forces are set to participate in a new pilot scheme focused on coercive control, the College of Policing has announced. Late last year, the government added ‘coercive control’ to the definition of domestic abuse in the Serious Crimes Act. It includes different kinds of abuse which stops short of physical violence,…

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Domestic abuse, closing refuges and more

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September 9, 2016 2 comments

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A week in family law Family law news this week was actually dominated by criminal, rather than civil, matters: The police are failing to use a new law against coercive domestic abuse, a Freedom of Information request has disclosed. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, which came into force on 29 December last,…

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