Federal Government introduces Family Law Amendment Bill 2015

Proposed changes to the Family Law Act will enable state and territory courts making interim family violence intervention orders to suspend or vary existing parenting orders beyond 21 days. This amendment responds to recommendations of the Family Law Council’s Interim report Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems.…

Domestic violence and gender inequality senate inquiry accepting submissions

On 25 November, a Federal Senate inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality was announced. The Senate Committee will consider the role of gender inequality in all spheres of life in contributing to the prevalence of domestic violence; the role of gender stereotypes in contributing to cultural conditions which support domestic violence; and the role…

Workplace funding to help address family violence

The Victorian Government will provide $900,000 to Our Watch to manage a Workplace Equality and Respect Project to help Victorian workplaces build the policies and practices they need to prevent family violence. Participating workplaces will receive assistance in equipping staff to recognise and respond to family violence and maintain respectful relationships. Organisations that are high…

InTouch offering family violence counselling for Arabic-speaking women

In 2016, InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, in partnership with Anglicare Lalor, will be offering family violence counselling for the first time. An InTouch Arabic-speaking counsellor will provide free individual counselling for women who have experienced family violence and who reside in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. For information and to make a referral, please…