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The Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) was introduced to make it easier for people who have experienced domestic violence to:
The Specialist Domestic Violence Court at Thames Magistrates operates a remand and sentencing court every Thursday. The Specialist Domestic Violence Court at Stratford Magistrates operates Domestic Violence trial courts every Monday and Tuesday.
Effective case management and information sharing are practised across a range of agencies to reduce delays in the prosecution process and to increase successful outcomes within the court process. Measures for victims and witnesses to claim their expenses back if they are required to attend court are also available.
Victims and witnesses are also given the opportunity to have a pre-court visit organised through the Witness Service. This allows them to see what happens during a trial and to also request safety measures for their trial day.
The service is only offered to victims and witnesses who are attending the Thames or Stratford Magistrates Court in relation to domestic abuse criminal proceedings.
For any further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courts that cover Waltham Forest cases:
Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) are a way to provide protection to victims of domestic abuse for up to 28 days. This gives the victim time to consider their options and get the support they need.
For more detailed information, see GOV.UK's page on domestic violence and abuse.