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Yes, I know. Men are abused too…

Their agony and shame in confessing their abuse by female partners was brought home to me many years ago

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The updated domestic abuse legislation in the 1996 Family Law Act extended  protection from heterosexual couples to a wide variety of vulnerable individuals (‘associated persons’) in present or past domestic or quasi-domestic relationships.

A friend recently divulged that 20 years ago, as a young mother going through divorce proceedings, she had obtained an injunction against her then mother-in-law who was, with her then sister-in-law, threatening to break into the marital home to remove items given as wedding presents. (Her husband was working abroad at the time.) ‘Did it… Continue reading The updated domestic abuse legislation in the 1996 Family Law Act extended  protection from heterosexual couples to a wide variety of vulnerable individuals (‘associated persons’) in present or past domestic or quasi-domestic relationships.

The civil courts can actively place barriers in front of women seeking to leave their abuser

This extraordinary statement came recently from the mouth of a former Labour Chancellor. While no doubt sincerely made, it is utter nonsense and I suspect it originates from so-called feminist groups’ misunderstanding of the nature and purpose of undertakings made in family/civil law proceedings. It is another sign of such groups’ failure to understand that… Continue reading The civil courts can actively place barriers in front of women seeking to leave their abuser

Understanding family justice and protecting victims of abuse

This letter appeared in the Guardian from His Honour Glenn Brasse on 11th January 2020, leading to email exchanges and his contribution to the webpage Judges Support Cedal. Louise Tickle falls into the error of generalising from two particular examples of the family justice system going wrong (Judges in secret family courts still failing victims… Continue reading Understanding family justice and protecting victims of abuse

His Honour Glenn Brasse

It was with shock and sadness that I saw in the Guardian in June 2020 the obituary of Glenn Brasse, a former circuit judge in the central family court. Just 70, he had been fully retired just a few months. We had exchanged emails through that newspaper after I had seen a letter from him… Continue reading His Honour Glenn Brasse

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