Depending on the circumstances of the domestic violence case, a Court order may be made to restrict the violent parent from access to their child. When a child has witnessed domestic violence between their parents he/she may have strong wishes and feelings towards the violent parent.
It is thought that any child that has witnessed domestic violence has suffered emotional harm. The child’s physical safety could also be at risk if the parent has anger management problems, therefore the Courts will decide how much access the child should have with the violent parent.
When a Court looks at this it will first need to look at how severe the violence was, whether the violent parent has some understanding of the effect of their behaviour and also whether they have done anything to address this behaviour. The court should only order contact that is safe to the child and parent.