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I assume that this case is waiting for the defended hearing, and that your partners lawyer has arranged for the date. I wonder whether this should go to a defended hearing, or whether you should be looking for a sentence indication, because the smacking would be an assault, and if your daughter gives evidence, he will be convicted. At a sentence indication, there can be a frank discussion about the case, the facts and any matters which go to reduce penalty. Then your partner will have a better idea of what he is facing, but avoid a trial, which will be unpleasant for you and your daughter. It is a situation where restorative justice may be a good way to go.