Family violence campaigner Rosie Batty has joined forced with women's legal services across Australia to call on the Federal Government to reform the family law system to keep women and children safe.
The former Australian of the year has endorsed a new five-step plan for reform, Safety First in Family Law, launched today by Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA).
The Safety First plan, which includes five recommendations for reforming the family law system, can be implemented right now, and is based on research, evidence and key recommendations from previous family law inquiries.
Ms Batty, who was driven...
View the full campaign 23 October, 2019
WLSA has advocated over many years about our concerns for women who are victims of domestic violence having to represent themselves in family law proceedings. Our advocacy has increased in the last few years in particular, around women survivors of domestic violence being subject to personal cross examination by their own perpetrator.
In family law proceedings, a perpetrator of family violence who is not legally represented can directly cross-examine a victim. Unlike other federal and State legislation, the Family Law Act 1975 does not contain any specific protections about giving evidence regarding vulnerability for victims of family violence or...
View the full campaign 29 October, 2015