DV Vic made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System: Issues Paper. We said Australia’s family law system needs a fundamental transformation in culture to better meet the needs of survivors of family violence and their children.
The changes to the system should have a key focus on meeting the rights of women and children to safety. They should support a move away from an adversarial system that replicates the dynamics of family violence. We recommended the implementation of a coordinated psychosocial case management service that is responsive to the diverse and intersecting needs of family law system users, especially survivors of family violence.
DV Vic wishes to acknowledge and profusely thank representatives of specialist family violence services who directly contributed to this submission during this busy and demanding time in the for the family violence sector in Victoria. Members represented include:
- Crossroads Family Violence Service (The Salvation Army)
- Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Services
- Project Respect
- Safe Futures
- Safe Steps
DV Vic thanks and acknowledges the contributions to this submission from other partners, including Victorian Legal Aid, Women with Disabilities Victoria, Djirra, inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, and the Victorian Forced Marriage Network.
Unless otherwise indicated, the quotes and examples in this submission can be attributed to these DV Vic members and partners.
DV Vic also wishes to acknowledge the excellent work of close partners Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) and Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA) in campaigning for a safer family law system for women and children experiencing family violence. This proposal draws significantly on their research and recommendations for a better family law system.
Finally, DV Vic acknowledges the women and children whose experiences and voices underpin this submission.