Courts to ban domestic abusers questioning their victims

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has announced that the government is giving courts the power to put an end to domestic violence victims being cross-examined by their alleged abusers in the family courts, calling time on what Ms Truss has described as a “humiliating and appalling” practice.

The move comes after an urgent review that Ms Truss commissioned last month, following a campaign by victim support groups. It will bring the family courts into line with the criminal courts, which have had a similar power for some time.

The provision will be included in the forthcoming Prisons and Courts Bill. Commenting upon the Bill Justice Minister Sir Oliver Heald said: “Victims and the most vulnerable are at the centre of our changes, which will help deliver swifter and more certain justice for all.”

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