Multiple barriers including racism face black and minority ethnic (BAME) women raising domestic abuse, research into the family courts revealed.

A report follows an independent review on family justice and heard evidence of a “continuing pervasive culture of disbelief, indifference and hostility towards victims of abuse” in the BAME community.

The final document, Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases, published by the Ministry of Justice, makes recommendations for change after finding “deep-seated and systematic issues” affecting how risk to children and adults is identified and managed in the family justice system.

Many submissions of evidence, bo...

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