Sorry to hear your situation it must be an awful time for you. I don’t have much experience of courts re contact orders but maybe the refuge / women’s aid website & domestic violence national Tel line may give you access to emotional support and advise about dealing with going to court under your circumstances . I think you <span style=”caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; font-family: open_sans, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;”>have to appear in court but you can ask to appear in a different room in court from your ex-partner. Is there someone who could go with you to support you too? Good luck </span>
Im a survivor of domestic abuse and my ex brought a case for contact against me, which he then dropped during the hearing.
I totally understand your fear about seeing a previous partner who treated you abhorantly.
All I can advise is for to attend Court. If you are representing yourself have full details of the abuse but especially if your children witnessed any of this behaviour towards you. State the effect it’s had on the children.
Also concentrate of the behaviour towards the children. For example, has there been any safe guarding concerns, any neglect, not meeting or not understanding the children’s needs. Has he ever put them at risk?
For support you can always take a MacKenzie friend in with you if you are not represented.
If you don’t attend, the order can always go against you.
Than you for the video. It’s extremely helpful. I have rung the court and they have agreed to give me a separate waiting room. I have asked for a separate entrance/exit too and a shield but they said they have to look into this to see if it’s suitable?!