Protecting a Father and child from domestic violence

Marie represented a Father who was the victim of domestic violence by his wife and had fled the home with his child.

The Court agreed that the Mother should only have contact supervised by the Grandparents until the safeguarding issues were dealt with. For the protection of the Father and child she was not permitted to go back to the family home once they returned.

The Court ordered a fact finding hearing, and the Mother is facing a criminal trial for assault. Cafcass will file a report after the Court has dealt with the fact finding hearing.

The Mother was also required to do alcohol testing. After testing results were negative for 6 months the supervision requirement was relaxed, but further testing has been ordered.