Specialist Family Violence Court?
August 2015 saw a whirlwind visit of Tasmania by arguably Australia’s most well-known family violence advocate and current Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty. On the back of her visit which included meeting with a wide variety of community groups, lawyers and Cabinet there has been new impetus for the creation of a specialist Family Violence Court, a reform long championed by Tasmania’s Women’s Legal Service with the Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin announcing the go-ahead of a feasibility study to examine the merits and potential cost of a specialist Family Violence Court. Susan Fahey, the principal solicitor of the Women’s Legal Service, observed in an article published in The Advocate that specialist magistrates, prosecutors, and staff to deal with offenders and victims will need to be appointed if a Family Violence Court were to be established. Other family violence reforms that are currently being considered by the government include specialised training for police officers and improving services for young people affected by family violence. The government has committed to releasing a family violence action plan soon with advocates hoping that funds will be made available for programs to assist offenders change their behaviour.
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- Category: DUAO - 2015 - Vol 40(3)