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Parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence
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On 16 March 2017, a Committee of the Australian Parliament adopted an inquiry into how Australia’s federal family law system can better support and protect people affected by family violence. The inquiry was referred by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis Q.C. The Committee aims to make recommendations that will improve the system for […]

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From the Australian Institute of Family Studies
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Recruiting for the children and young people in separated families study This AIFS’ research project aims to understand young people’s (aged 10-17 years) experience of parental separation through the courts. It involves separate interviews with young people and one of their parents. The project runs until November 2017. Recruiting for the children and young people […]

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NEW RESOURCE TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC Today I welcome the release of an important new online resource for judicial officers dealing with domestic and family violence related cases. The first stage of the Commonwealth funded National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book was launched today by the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration. It […]

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Royal Commission: What needs to be done to reduce family violence rates in Indigenous communities
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  Celeste Liddle, Sydney Morning Herald Despite the fact that the statistics are well established and those of us from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community live the real impacts of this scourge on our community every day, each new release of the rates of family and domestic violence brings a wave of distress. […]

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Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) sees an 89% increase in clients.
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Demand has skyrocketed for the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) following a change to the way Police refer victims of domestic violence.   In the first 6 months of the new referral system, WDVCAS workers supported 27,960 women, a staggering 89% increase compared with the same period in 2014[1]. Last year the NSW […]

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