Court Investment Must Result in Victim-Centred Models of Justice in Family Violence

A victim-centred justice model is an important element of the coordinated, systemic response to family violence in Victoria. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recognised the role that courts play in protecting and upholding the rights of victim-survivors of family violence and the significant barriers they face accessing the justice system. COVID-19 has created additional barriers and significantly impacted on victim-survivors access to the justice system and their ability to participate in legal processes.

DV Vic welcomes the announcement of additional investment by the Victorian Government to further progress the reforms recommended by the Royal Commission and address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on court users experiencing family violence, with the goal of building a stronger and more accessible justice system to improve the safety of victim-survivors of family violence.

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