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Our team are experts in advising those who have been impacted by domestic abuse or where domestic abuse allegations are a feature of the case.
Domestic abuse can take many different forms. Our specialist team know that those impacted by domestic abuse need sensitive, tailored and robust advice and support. The protection and welfare of individuals and children will always be at the forefront of that advice.
Our team are nationally recognised for their work with female and male survivors, whilst appreciating that domestic abuse disproportionately impacts women. We are regularly instructed on cases where findings in relation to domestic abuse are being considered by the court. We work closely with victims and those impacted by domestic abuse to consider how such abuse should impact the arrangements for their children. In 2021, we acted for a parent in the leading case Court of Appeal case of Re H-N  EWCA Civ 448 which altered the landscape of how the court approaches domestic abuse allegations in family proceedings.
We are experienced and skilled in advising on protective injunctions (also known as non-molestation and occupation orders), reporting the abuse to the police, social services and other agencies. We work closely with those providing services to domestic abuse victims (such as IDVAs – independent domestic violence advocates / advisors) to ensure those impacted by domestic abuse are supported and empowered.
A member of our team is a former Trustee of a large domestic abuse charity and trains legal professionals on the impact of domestic abuse.
In this vlog, Caitlin Jenkins, the familylawvlogger, introduces her colleague, Claudia Gilham, one of the specialist children law experts at Mills & Reeve. They discuss the sort of work that Claudia does with families who are in high conflict and in particular, the important role that fact finding hearings play in cases involving domestic abuse and the recent developments in this law in this area following the reported case of Re H-N.
Mediation and domestic abuse
Mediation is a process by which practical issues can be resolved following relationship breakdown. Although mediation is generally preferable to the court process, it is not appropriate for every relationship.
Landmark judgment on domestic abuse cases by courts
The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment which examines the handling of domestic abuse cases by courts concerning appeals which feature allegations that emerged during private proceedings centred on access to children.
Landmark decision on domestic abuse allegations in Family Courts
The Mills & Reeve Family and Children team recently represented a parent in a landmark case dealing with how the Family Court treats allegations of domestic abuse.
The Court of Appeal Re H-N and Others – Considering new approach for family courts with allegations of domestic abuse
Zoe Fleetwood and Claudia Gilham are joined by Denise Gilling QC, Arlene Small and Melissa Elsworth to present a webinar on The Court of Appeal Re H-N and Others – Considering new approach for family courts with allegations of domestic abuse.
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