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Date: 19th March 2024, Tuesday

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm




This training focuses on the interaction between domestic abuse services and the Family Court. The first part of the session will look at the rules on supporting survivors of domestic abuse at Family Court hearings including:

  • rules on the attendance of IDVAs and ISVAs at hearings which came into force in April 2023
  • the right to reasonable assistance by an IDVA/ISVA
  • what IDVAs and ISVAs may and may not do
  • the role of McKenzie Friends and rules on what they may and may not do

The second part of the session will explain recent guidance provided by the High Court on how court documents should be given to survivors residing in refuges. Understanding the guidance will help professionals ensure that survivors can be given court documents without risking the confidentiality of the refuge address and the safety of survivors living in refuges.


Who should attend?

Open to all professionals working in the London boroughs on violence against women and girls issues from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including refuge workers, IDVAs, ISVAs, social workers,housing officers, police officers, education professionals and healthprofessionals. It is also open to Commissioners and Local Authority Officersresponsible for commissioning violence against women services. Organisation postcode must be based in one of listed boroughs to be eligible to attend.

For this date, priority registration will be given to professionals from Kingston upon Thames, Merton,  Richmond upon Thames, Sutton   and  Wandsworth.


Eligibility criteria

Registration does not guarantee a place on the course. Please allow us time to review your registration and confirm whether or not you have a space on this session. Spaces are limited. All questions must be filled out to assess eligibility.

Feel free to direct any questions to [email protected]