In our submission, we discuss the scourge that domestic violence constitutes in our society and the legislative and policy intervention vacuum that has persisted in Australia since federation which has ensure the deeply embedded, systemic and wicked nature of this problem.
Against this historic family violence policy and legislative context, many of the proposed amendments to the Bill are welcomed as they ensure that the courts are prioritising the needs of the victim-survivors and their children, sending strong messages to perpetrators and the wider community that violence is unacceptable and that perpetrators will be held responsible for their decision to use violence.
Thirdly, we consulted with safe steps Family Violence Response Centre and endorse their opinion that these legislative amendments need to be supported by adequate resourcing of courts, legal centres as well as training of judicial officers to ensure the intention of these legislative amendments are being achieved in practice.
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