Family law parliamentary inquiry – get involved!
The Australian government is currently investigating how the family law system could
be improved to better support those affected by family violence. Further details are here.
This is an important opportunity for your voice to be heard by the government on
what could be done to fix this broken system. And if your voice is not heard, there is a
risk that other voices will dominate.
What can you do?
For family violence survivors
We call on family violence survivors who have been through the family law process to:
- complete this anonymous survey by 30 June 2017
- if you feel comfortable to do so – express your interest in making a community statement (this would be by telephone)
- if you feel comfortable to do so – make a written submission by 3 May 2017
If you do not feel confident to do the above – speak to your local Women’s Legal Service about getting support in participating.
For service providers
We call on family violence and community service providers to:
- encourage all of your family violence survivor clients to participate in this process, where appropriate, and provide them with support to do so if necessary
- make a written submission
- let other community services working with family violence survivors know about this opportunity by email and social media, and encourage them to ask their clients to participate, and to participate themselves
Call on our leaders to get behind the Safety First plan
So many of us have seen or heard how broken our family law system is. Now we have a road map for fixing it. Can you can make sure that all our political leaders commit to the five step plan?
- Stand with Rosie and the Never Alone campaign by signing the petition to fix family law.
- Write to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Greens asking them to put the safety of women and children first in family law by adopting the five step plan in the lead up to the 2016 election.
- Share this page with your networks and friends asking them to join the campaign.
Support an end to direct cross-examination
Right now there are no legal protections in place to stop abusive ex-partners from directly cross-examining those they have abused in family courts. Direct cross-examination re-traumatises victim survivors and limits evidence in relation to safety that comes before the courts.
What can you do?
- Sign this Fair Agenda petition supporting an end direct cross-examination in family courts.
- Raise this as an issue in your response to the current parliamentary family law inquiry (see also above).
- Share this page with your networks and friends and ask them to join the campaign.
New ideas for action?
Please get in touch by:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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