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The Family Justice Response to Allegations of Domestic Abuse

CUREC Approval Reference: R78068/RE001

General Information

This project aims to investigate key themes in the implementation of family law within the context of domestic abuse allegations and State obligations towards people who make allegations of domestic abuse. It will widen a previous, smaller scale pilot project carried out in England amongst victims of domestic abuse, by conducting empirical research across three further stakeholder groups (lawyers, judges and magistrates, and other court professionals who provide information on the child/family to the court). Thus, we aim to gain a comprehensive overview of the experiences of people who make allegations of domestic abuses and attitudes of key actors that work within the family law system. Seven countries have been selected based on the prevalence of domestic abuse, availability of the relevant data, academic and civil society engagement with the issue, ratification of the Istanbul Convention, among other reasons. These are: England and Wales, France, French speaking Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Denmark. The research is funded by the Oak Foundation and considerable interest has been expressed from several organisations, in particular the Council of Europe and GREVIO regarding the development of common standards and guidance that could be adopted on a European wide basis.

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The Principal Researcher is Professor Shazia Choudhry, who is attached to the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford.

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Do I have to take part?

No. Please note that participation is voluntary. If you do decide to take part, you may withdraw at any point for any reason before submitting your answers by pressing the ‘Exit’ button/ closing the browser.

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How will my data be used?

The data we will collect that could identify you will be contact details, age, and gender.

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The responses you provide will be stored in a password-protected electronic file on the University of Oxford’s secure servers and may be used in academic publications, conference presentations, reports for external organisations, and websites. Identifiable information will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the research. Research data will be stored for 5 years after it is collected.

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Who will have access to my data?

The University of Oxford is the data controller with respect to your personal data and, as such, will determine how your personal data is used in the study. The University will process your personal data for the purpose of the research outlined above. Research is a task that we perform in the public interest. Further information about your rights with respect to your personal data is available from

The data you provide may be shared with interpreters and automated and/or human transcriptionists, and software used for qualitative research such as NVivo, Nexus 365 One Drive for Business, and HFS Code42 Cloud Backup Service.

Who has reviewed this study?

This project has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, a subcommittee of the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee [R78068/RE001].

Who do I contact if I have a concern or I wish to complain?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, please speak to Dr Arantxa Gutiérrez or the Principal Investigator Professor Shazia Choudhry , and we will do our best to answer your query. We will acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how it will be dealt with. If you remain unhappy or wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford who will seek to resolve the matter as soon as possible:

Social Sciences & Humanities Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee; Email:; Address: Research Services, University of Oxford, Boundary Brook House, Churchill Drive, Headington, Oxford OX3 7GB

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