The government proposes setting up a domestic violence court as part of efforts to combat a rising tide of violence in the home. A government source yesterday said the idea, inspired by similar systems in Britain and elsewhere, had been floated with the judiciary. 'We have noted that a number of overseas jurisdictions have developed different models of specialised domestic violence courts and are expanding the scale of their pilots,' he said. 'We have no final decision but we find it is worth exploring and we would explore with parties on the way forward.' The British court clusters and fast-tracks domestic violence cases, grouping the pre-trial hearings for these and related criminal cases into single court sessions. Irene Ng Wai-ching, service co-ordinator of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women, was one of the advocates of such courts after a visit to Britain and other European countries with other welfare groups and officials from the Social Welfare Department and Department of Justice in 2004. The government also plans to amend the Domestic Violence Ordinance, which covers only married couples and people living together.