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Domestic abusers barred from cross-examining victims in courts

Alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse can no longer cross-examine the victim in family and civil courts under measures which come into force on 21 July as part of the Domestic Abuse Act (2021).

The change is in response to concerns they used the process to extend their abuse, and victims were retraumatised by their experiences in court.

Instead, questions will be asked by a court-appointed legal professional to ensure justice is applied fairly.

A cross-examination ban already applies to family matters in criminal trials.

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