Domestic violence victims are to get greater protection under sweeping reforms of the family courts in England and Wales.

Victims will be given automatic special protection in court buildings with separate entrances and waiting rooms; and protective screens in the courtroom shielding them from their abuser

There will also be other protective measures available, such as the option to give evidence through video link.

The measures will be incorporated by way of further amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Judges will also be given stronger powers including making it easier to issue barring orders preventing perpetrators repeatedly dragging their victims back to court.

Justice Minister Alex Chalk said the fami...

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