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Domestic abuse and the justice system

Domestic abuse and the justice system

Going through the criminal justice or family court system takes a lot of courage for victims and survivors.

Re-living the trauma of abuse or violence can make survivors feel very nervous and apprehensive about going to court and some feel intimidated into withdrawing from the process. The thought of having to face the person who has abused you in court can feel too much to bear. Having someone who is supporting you through this who understands the system, can explain your rights to you, and advocate on your behalf can make all the difference and help everything seem more manageable.

Supporting you

Our Domestic Abuse Practitioners are highly trained and experienced to help clients navigate through the criminal justice system. We can support you by:
  • Walking alongside you, demystifying the processes and by helping you understand what is happening every step of the way.
  • Supporting you to write a Victim Impact Statement.
  • Arranging a pre-trial visit so that you know what to expect when you go to court.
  • Arranging “special measures”; this includes having things like a screen so that you do not have to face your abuser.
  • Helping you to keep safe throughout the process and keeping in contact with other professionals to make sure you have all the support you need.
  • Providing you with information about Protective Orders or child contact issues.
  • Signposting you or referring you for other specialist support.

We can also support you through the family courts, providing advice, information and emotional support when you need. Our dedicated family court website will give you lots of information about child contact arrangements and attending the family court:
“You were the first person who I felt believed me and I would not have been able turn up at court without you there to support me. I was so frightened but I’m really glad that I did it and I can’t thank you enough.”


IDAS family courts website

Find out how the Family Court works and what can be done to keep you and your children safe.

IDAS family courts report

Our review of the experience of survivors of domestic abuse and their children in family court.
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