Royal Commission into Family Violence Report

On 29 March 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence (“the Commission”) delivered its report to Government. The Commission consulted with victims and perpetrators of family violence along with police officers, specialist family violence workers, lawyers, Magistrates, youth workers, doctor...

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Unacceptable Risk to a Child

The issue of unacceptable risk to a child spending time with a parent was dealt with extensively in the case of Theophane & Hunt [2014] FamCA 1038. This case therefore provides a useful guide to the approach likely to be taken by the courts when such issues arise. The parties met in December 200...

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Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality

The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee (“SFPARC”) is investigating and preparing a report in regard to gender inequality and its contribution to the prevalence of family violence. The SFPARC is currently requesting input from relevant bodies for their investigation and...

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Family Violence and the Family Pet

Family violence is arguably one of the most pervasive forms of violence faced by our community.  The issue has recently gained popular attention as a result of campaigners such as Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, who along with others, have campaigned for reforms to the community’s response t...

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Family Violence Intervention Orders and children

If you are experiencing family violence, the law can assist you in obtaining protection though a Family Violence Intervention Order. Family violence is defined at section 4AB of the Family Law Act as, ‘threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person’s f...

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Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria

Family Violence is arguably one of the most pervasive forms of violence that our community currently faces. One in three Victorian women will experience family violence in their lifetime and family violence continues to be the leading contributor to the preventable death, disability and illness of V...

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