Thursday 5 January 2017 / 12:06 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

No victim of domestic abuse should have to face ordeal of being cross-examined by their abuser – Richard Burgon

Richard
Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary,
responding to a review ordered by
Liz Truss, which would ban victims of domestic abuse from being questioned in
family courts by their abusers, said:

“No
victim of domestic abuse should have to face the ordeal of being cross-examined
by their abuser.

“Labour
has been pressing the Ministry of Justice to end this disgraceful practice for
years. It is welcome that they finally appear to be taking action.

“However,
the truth is that there are still far too many people forced to represent
themselves in the family court because of this Tory Government’s cuts to legal
aid.

“Ministers
need to stop dragging their feet and launch the long-awaited review into their
botched reform of legal aid.”