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Professional Sessions – Domestic abuse and Family Courts

Domestic abuse and family courts were explored during one of the professional sessions at this year’s AGM.

Panellists included:

Dr Jenny Birchall

Jenny is Senior Research and Policy Officer at Women’s Aid. She works on Women’s Aid’s Child First: Safe Child Contact Saves Lives campaign, which aims to make family court processes safer for women and children survivors of domestic abuse. She was the co-author, along with Professor Shazia Choudhry at the University of Oxford, of Women’s Aid’s report: What about my right not to be abused? Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts.

Jack Harrison

Jack is a barrister at Coram Chambers, London, specialising in cases about children, both public and private law including care, child arrangements and cases about alternative families or legal parenthood. Most of his work involves allegations of serious injury, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, or allegations of alienation. As part of my work, I have become interested in how the law addresses cases involving domestic abuse.

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