Going to Court in Middlesbrough as a witness for a domestic violence related offence? Can we help?
Teesside Magistrates’ Court takes domestic violence cases seriously and provides a Court ‘dedicated’ to dealing with these cases on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. All professionals involved in the dedicated Courts have received specialist training and are aware of how difficult it can be for witnesses to come forward and give evidence. The Court aims to make this process as easy as possible and you can have support throughout the proceedings through ‘My Sister’s Place’ Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA’s).
Our IDVA’s are trained specialists who can help you in both Civil and Criminal Law cases. We can help with safety measures and in liaising with the Police and CPS to ensure your voice is heard, your safety is prioritised, and you are kept informed of what is happening at all stages of the process. We can also ask the Court about special measures that may be available such as screens or video links.
The IDVA’s work closely with the Witness Service which allows pre-court visits to be arranged, giving you a chance to have a look round the Courtroom prior to the trial, and discuss any concerns or queries that you may have. Support at Court on the day of trial is also available, as well as benefits such as separate entrances and additional security. We can also help with alternative protective measures, including civil sanctions such as Injunctions and matters relating to children.