Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Domestic abuse screening toolkit

Resolution has launched a 'Domestic abuse screening toolkit' to its members. Comprising four pages, the kit is aimed at helping members spot cases where domestic abuse is an issue. The kit sets out 'screening questions', such as: "What happens when your partner loses their temper and/or you lose your temper?", and the rather more direct: "Has your partner ever threatened you with a weapon and have you ever threatened them with a weapon?". The kit then goes on to set out some characteristics of domestic abuse, how it might be manifested and useful contact details. The kit is available free to members, as a PDF on Resolution's website.

To be honest, the kit probably doesn't really add to the knowledge that any reasonably experienced family lawyer should already possess, but nevertheless it could be useful for the newly qualified, and for newcomers to family law.

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