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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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What about access to the children?

If you are worried about whether your partner will take care of the children properly, the judge might order supervised access. Depending on where you live and the availability of a supervised access centre, you might have to find a friend or family member you can both trust to supervise visits with the children.

Supervised access: a kind of access where someone else watches when a parent visits with their child. The purpose is usually to make sure the child is safe.

If you are worried about your safety when picking up or dropping off your children at access time, the judge might order supervised access exchanges. These exchanges might take place at a supervised access centre, if one is available. Or they might be supervised by a friend or family member. The exchanges could also happen in a public place, where it will be more difficult for your partner to abuse you.

Supervised access exchanges: when someone watches a parent pick up or drop off the child, but does not watch the access visit. Its purpose is usually to reduce conflict between the parents, or to protect one parent from being abused by the other parent.