Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 (July 2018)


Women's Legal Services Australia has made a submission in response to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018.  In the submission we welcome a ban on direct cross examination of victims-survivors by their alleged abuser.  However, the protections offered by this Bill can only make a real difference with:

  1. proper funding to ensure that both the victim and the perpetrator have a legal representative to act on their behalf and conduct the cross-examination properly for them; and
  2. further reform to improve the understanding of the family law courts and all professionals within the system of dynamics of family violence and trauma informed and trauma based responses.

The submission is available for download through this link to the Parliament of Australia website, submission number 22.

Websites


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Parliament of Australia https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/Cross-examinationofPart/Submissions