New reforms which change the presumption of child contact came into force this week. Judges must now consider whether contact would put the mother or child at risk where there is domestic abuse or violence.

The most dangerous characteristic in any domestic abuse is coercive control; it is more predictive of serious harm than violence alone. Any violence or coercive control should be considered as a risk factor.

THE GUARDIAN: UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers


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