Around nine in ten domestic abuse victims get no support through family courts and the justice system risks re-traumatising victims, according to a new report. The study, spearheaded by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, warns that the pandemic has left the justice system “in chaos”.
Two-thirds of services for domestic abuse victims report an increase in the length of cases and backlogs are stretching into next year and beyond, it found.
The report, also carried out by leading charity SafeLives, found one in support workers, known as independent domestic violence advisors (IDVAs), were prevented from going inside the courts.
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