Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings

Published: February 2023

This Report presents the findings of the Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings research project, funded by the Scottish Government.

The study set out to examine the relationship between civil and criminal law in the context of child contact proceedings which raise issues of domestic abuse. The impetus behind the study is to better understand how, if at all, developments in domestic abuse proceedings and changing definitions in the context of criminal law in Scotland, inform the handling of child contact cases which are conducted within the scope of civil justice.

An Executive Summary of this report is also available – see linked publication below.

Authors: Professor Michele Burman, Dr Ruth Friskney, Professor Jane Mair (University of Glasgow) and Professor Richard Whitecross, (Edinburgh Napier University).

The project is co-produced by researchers at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Scottish Civil Justice Hub. 

Authors / Editors

Dr Ruth Friskney

University of Glasgow

Prof Michele Burman

University of Glasgow

Related Publications

February 2023

Executive Summary: Domestic Abuse and Child Contact

This is an Executive Summary of the Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings report. […]