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Nearly two years after the British government promised to end the interrogation of victims of violence by their partners or ex-partners in the Family Courts, has released the draft bill to end this type of practice so controversial.

This relevant bill will also introduce the first legal definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse, as well as control and manipulation, beyond physical abuse.

The Government has decided to prohibit this type of interrogation in Family Courts due to the unanimous response to its survey during the past year to pressure groups, citizen organizations and interested parties.

In criminal trials, the court may prohibit by court order that the respondent who is not represented interrogate the victim in person. In family proceedings, judges can exercise their powers to prevent the victim from being questioned in person by the defendant, however, they currently do not have the power to appoint a legal representative to represent the victim and carry out the interrogation on their behalf