On the eve of the first Public Hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System, over 90 individuals and organisations call for the Federal Government to reform the family law system to keep children and women safe.
The Safety First Plan is endorsed by sexual and domestic violence services and peaks, health services and peaks, disability organisations, refugee and migrant support services, community organisations, specialist family law and child protection legal assistance providers and legal academics.
Media Release: Over 90 individuals and organisations call for Safety First in Family Law.
The list of endorsements of the...
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