Yes, it’s another Monday here at Researching Reform and other places around the planet, so we thought we’d start with our question of the week for you to mull over with a cup of tea and a Wagon Wheel…

In a recent case in the Court of Appeal, (Re M (Children) (Domestic Violence: Supervised Contact), it was held that a judge who had been presiding over a case was wrong to bar the father from contact with his three children, although the judge had found the father’s violence, in particular towards the mother, was a risk factor which destabilised the children’s home and security. The Court of Appeal (Civil Division), held that the judge should have considered all available avenues for contact, including properly supervised contact, before making what was viewed as a Draconian order.

In Re D (Contact: Reasons for Refusal) [1997] 2 FLR 48, it was recognised that children who witness domestic violence towards a mother can be damaged by the experience.

Our question this week, then, is this: should violent parents who direct that violence at a partner ever be allowed to have contact with their children?

Over to you….