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"What about my right not to be abused?" : domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts Jenny Birchall and Shazia Choudhry

By: Birchall, Jenny.
Contributor(s): Choudhry, Shazia.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Bristol, England : Women's Aid, 2018Description: electronic document (60 pages) ; PDF file.ISBN: 978-0-907817-43-7.Subject(s): ABUSED WOMEN | ACCESS | CHILD ABUSE | CHILD WELFARE | CONTACT | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | FAMILY COURT | HUMAN RIGHTS | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | JUSTICE | PERPETRATORS | VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | UNITED KINGDOMOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website Summary: This research examines women survivors of domestic abuse’s experiences of the family courts in the United Kingdom, looking at these experiences through the lens of human rights. Talking to survivors about rights – using plain language around the right to a fair trial and the right to life – helped to uncover stark problems with culture and practice in the family courts that affect the courts’ ability to do justice, safeguard against further trauma, and prioritise children’s safety. This report highlights issues related to: domestic abuse - understanding, awareness and evidence; gender discrimination - attitudes, stereotypes, myths and behaviours; discourses of parental alienation; safeguarding - child abuse and unsafe contact; impact and outcomes; and human rights implications. This research was undertaken in partnership with Queen Mary University of London as part of Women's Aid's Child First campaign. Record #6093
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This research examines women survivors of domestic abuse’s experiences of the family courts in the United Kingdom, looking at these experiences through the lens of human rights. Talking to survivors about rights – using plain language around the right to a fair trial and the right to life – helped to uncover stark problems with culture and practice in the family courts that affect the courts’ ability to do justice, safeguard against further trauma, and prioritise children’s safety.

This report highlights issues related to: domestic abuse - understanding, awareness and evidence; gender discrimination - attitudes, stereotypes, myths and behaviours; discourses of parental alienation; safeguarding - child abuse and unsafe contact; impact and outcomes; and human rights implications.

This research was undertaken in partnership with Queen Mary University of London as part of Women's Aid's Child First campaign. Record #6093