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2018 Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill

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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Policy Submissions

2019 AHRC Sexual Harassment Inquiry
Policy Submissions

2019 AHRC Sexual Harassment Inquiry

Sexual harassment at work flourishes in places where sexual discrimination goes unchecked and full gender equality remains a distant hope. Sexual harassment is fuelled by organisations that remain overly masculine; are unequal from top to bottom; and which manifest cultures of permissiveness towards perpetrators and silencing of those harmed. 

2017 1800-RESPECT Domestic and Sexual Violence National Counselling Service Senate Inquiry
Policy Submissions

2017 1800-RESPECT Domestic and Sexual Violence National Counselling Service Senate Inquiry

In our submission, we identified four operating principles which we believe are non-negotiable in the review and ongoing operation of an effective, responsive national counselling service.

2017 Department of Communications and the Arts public consultation into a civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images
Policy Submissions

2017 Department of Communications and the Arts public consultation into a civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

As the non-consensual sharing of intimate images becomes easier with the advent of new technologies, it represents a serious issue concerning the safety and wellbeing of women and girls as they increasingly navigate and live their lives through online spaces.

2016 Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Submission
Policy Submissions

2016 Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Submission

This submission focused on the role of men in reducing attitudes which condone violence against women by adopting positive practices and attitudes to advance gender equality in their own lives and amongst their peers and family.

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Joint Submission
Policy Submissions

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Joint Submission

The Trust joined with SafeSteps, EDVOS, WISHIN and the Safe Futures Foundation to collaborate on a joint submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence
Policy Submissions

2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

Our submission focussed on Point 14 of the Discussion Paper provided by the Royal Commission.

2016 Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet
Policy Submissions

2016 Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet

Our submission highlighted that education around consent and respectful relationships was the best way to empower young people to navigate a world where the pornography is easily accessible to them and their peers.

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