9.2 A.    Research and Evaluations


Domestic Violence, child contact and Post-separation Violence - Issues for South Asian and African-Caribbean Women and Children

Thiara, R K. and Gill, A K (2012)

Devised as a qualitative study, this research was aimed at addressing the existing gap in our knowledge about contact issues where there has been domestic violence as they are experienced by two groups of women and children – South Asian and African-Caribbean.

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One year On: the initial impact of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 in its first year of operation

Ministry of Justice (2009)

This Policy Paper examines the impact the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 (FMA) has had during its first year and outlines any gaps in provision which need to be addressed to support its full implementation. The paper sets out the available figures on use of the Act in this first year, and adds to the statistical data by presenting the views of those involved in the operation of the provisions of the Act to issue and implement protective orders.

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Twenty-nine child homicides: lessons still to be learnt on domestic violence and child protection

Saunders, H. (2004)

This report produced by Women’s Aid emphasises the lessons that Women’s Aid believes should have been learnt from these 29 child homicides. The report is largely based on the executive summaries of Serious Case Reviews, carried out after the children were killed. In three cases it is clear that not only did the court grant orders for unsupervised contact or residence to very violent fathers, but that these decision were made against professional advice, without waiting for professional advice, or without requesting professional advice. There was nothing to indicate that any court professionals have been held accountable.

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Report to the President of the Family Division on the approach to be adopted by the Court when asked to make a contact order by consent, where domestic violence has been an issue in the case

Family Justice Council (2004)

Lord Justice Wall investigated 29 Child Homicides and this report makes recommendations to the Family Justice Council. The Family Justice Council Solicitor Survey; Consent Orders in Private Law Children Cases is included in the appendices and provides further information about family proceedings in relation to domestic violence that are addressed in the most recent Family Justice Council Practice Direction (see Guidance and Resources 9.2 A)

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Domestic Violence, Safety and Family Proceedings: thematic review of the handling of domestic violence issues by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the administration of family courts in Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS)

HMCIA (2004)

The Review evaluates evidence about how well Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS), family court administration and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) deal with cases involving domestic violence in family proceedings.

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Making Contact Worse? Report of a National Survey of Domestic Violence Refuge Services into the Enforcement of Contact Orders

Saunders H. (2001)

Produced for Women's Aid, this paper considers how contact can be facilitated and enforced more effectively between children and their parents especially when domestic violence is an issue.

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