In 1994 the nation was shocked when the Bristol children – Tiffany (seven), Holly (three) and Claudia (18 months) – were killed by their father, who then committed suicide. Despite his history of violence towards his wife, he had been granted custody of the children by the Family Court. Critics pointed out the links between spousal violence and violence towards children that had been revealed by research. In 1995 the law was changed to prevent men who had been served with a protection order from having access to their children without adequate safeguards.
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