In July 2019, the National Rural Crime Network published their document 'Captive and Controlled' which revealed that in some areas of Britain there were hidden victims who were found to be ‘isolated, unsupported and unprotected.’

One recommendation which was made in the report, was a call for the government to apply its ‘rural proofing’ policy to domestic abuse, to account for specific needs of victims and survivors in rural communities.

Julia Mulligan, Chair of the NRCN:

“We warmly welcome the news that the Government will be taking forward a range of measures to support survivors of domestic abuse and their children in the Family Court and to ensure that they receive greater protection. 

“For far too long, the support and protections that should be available to survivors of domestic abuse through the criminal justice process simply do not exist, and it can be a struggle from the moment the survivor steps into the Family Court. 

“We welcome the fact that, having taken note of feedback and conversations, the report had recommended positive change and collective improvement. We have been calling for this to change for a number of years and the announcement is an important first step; we must now ensure that the commitments announced today are delivered as quickly as possible.”

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