Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Quiklink: Half of all family law cases relate to domestic violence

Domestic violence generates almost half of all the family law applications that are made in the District Court, new figures show. Link below: - The Irish Times - Tue, Oct 16, 2007 - Half of all family law cases relate to domestic violence

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Truffy said...

I found the article you linked to on the 3rd report by Carol Coulter very interesting. I think these reports are helping to expose certain trends in the Family Courts, in particular that of false allegations. This report points out that “less than half of barring orders were granted, with most either withdrawn or struck out” and that “applications for safety orders followed a similar pattern”. This implies that more than 50% of claims about domestic violence are either withdrawn, implying that they were false, or struck out after a Judge heard the evidence. It’s a pity the headline doesn’t reflect this. Imagine “Half of all family law cases relate to domestic violence” being replaced with “More than half of all domestic violence cases relate to false allegations".

Padraig O'Morain said...

Yes, and it would be interesting to see how many of these orders were withdrawn by mutual consent and how many were thrown out by a judge.

truffy said...

It would appear that quite a number of allegations are simply being made as part of the barganing tactics in these situations. Hopefully, this exposure will eventually lead to a reduction on these claims, allowing the agencies dealing with these problems to deal more thoroughly with the genuine ones