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Family Court Open Days Called For By Judiciary

The Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group have called for annual open days for children in their latest report.

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Extended definition of domestic violence takes effect

The definition of domestic violence has now been expanded to cover more victims. Young people aged 16 to 17 and coercive control – a pattern of controlling behaviour – are now included for the first time.

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Cafcass reports on private law demand

In February 2013, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) received a total of 3,998 new private law cases. This is a 5% increase on February 2012 levels.

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Young people most at risk of being forced into marriage

Latest statistics from the Forced Marriage Unit suggest young people aged between 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage.

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