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30 Apr 09 #112275 by gettingpoorer
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My little girl (7) made a video witness statement. I have been told by the police that she will still have to attend court, but that she will be in a seperate room. There is no way she's going to cope with this. Is this normal practise?

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30 Apr 09 #112276 by beth2
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My two children also had to be video linked interview due to an assualt to me in which they witnessed. I was advised if the defendant pleaded not guilty they would have to attend court in a seperate. I think this is normal procedure. x

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30 Apr 09 #112285 by gettingpoorer
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Thanks Beth. I hope it's ok to ask, how old were your children? And how did it affect them? And do you have any advise on how to prepare her if it comes to it?

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30 Apr 09 #112297 by beth2
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My children are 11 and 9. During the vidoe link interview i gave them both a great deal of support, the domestic violence unit were wonderful. Fortuntely my ex pleaded guilty in court so my children didnt have to give evidence. I know how you feel and what you are feeling.

post me any time bethxx

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08 Jun 09 #122450 by carmi
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i am afraid to say i never took it that far as to allow my daughter to go to court..wasn't sure i knew how it would affect her.i was assaulted by my ex partner(punched twice to the face)in view of my daughter.she already had a caution for assault on me before.when i reported to the police they said my daughter would have to give evidence as she was a witness.this was even though her mum would have gone guilty(so blase).so all she got was a phone call from a policeman to tell her it was naughty..you are strong people and do hope your children were ok with it..if it happens again i still don't know the route i will take.

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