Domestic Violence Court Could Help Victims Recover: Families ACT Forum

Creating a specialised domestic violence court focusing on victim welfare could help address the “most important social issue in Australia”, an ACT forum has heard.

About 40 people working at the coalface tackling domestic violence shared their knowledge at the Families ACT forum on Tuesday in a bid to identify good practice.

Families ACT executive officer Will Mollison said often victims didn’t get the support they needed when it reached the legal system with measures like restraining orders sometimes escalating violence.

“If you view domestic violence through the lens of a control issue sometimes that can cause it to escalate,” he said.

“In extreme cases we see the tragic consequences where women are killed when they try to protect themselves.”

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey, Australian Federal Police Jo Cameron, Domestic Violence Crisis Service executive director Mirjana Wilson and YWCA Canberra CEO Frances Crimmins were on the forum’s panel.

Read more in SMH.


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