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MPs debate domestic abuse victims in family law courts

7 September 2016

On Thursday 15 September MPs took part in a House of Commons Chamber debate on domestic abuse victims in family law courts. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Angela Smith, Maria Miller and Peter Kyle.

This debate was opened by Angela Smith, Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The House of Commons Library produced a research briefing for this debate which includes more information on its subject:

Test of the Motion debated

That this House notes the Women's Aid report entitled Nineteen Child Homicides, published in January 2016; and calls on the Government to review the treatment and experiences of victims of domestic abuse in family law courts.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

Further information

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