Domestic violence may feature in one on three divorces or separations. This report examines the practices of the professionals centrally involved in the divorce process - court welfare officers and voluntary sector mediators. A history of domestic violence can affect the mediation and court proceedings as well as the individuals concerned. This report shows how professionals and volunteers take this into account.The research for this report (a national questionnaire survey, supported by in-depth interviews) was carried out during 1995and 1996, a period of intense policy debate concerning both divorce and domestic violence which culminated in the 1996 Family Law Act.Key features of the legislation include a central role for mediation in the divorce process and a streamlining and partial strengthening of the civil law on domestic violence. These issues were also central concerns on the research and this report provides an important insight into the potential working of the Act.The report highlights:practice issues of direct relevance to the implementation of the 1996 Family Law Act;the increasing awareness of domestic violence among court welfare officers and voluntary sector mediators;the different approaches among court welfare officers and voluntary sector mediators with regard to domestic violence and outcomes for children;links between defining and identifying domestic violence;the use of screening for domestic violence in both court welfare and medication;ongoing concerns regarding the safety of parties in family proceedings;good practice in family proceedings at both national and local level.·[vbTab]This report is essential reading for family court welfare staff, family mediators, judges, solicitors and anyone concerned with the issue of domestic violence in the contest of divorce.
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Marianne Hester, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Chris Pearson and Lorraine Radford
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Book Description Policy Press, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1861340613