Alleged family violence perpetrators to be prevented from cross-examining victims

The Federal Government has announced that the Family Law Act will be reviewed so that alleged perpetrators who represent themselves in court, cannot cross-examine a family violence victim. This outcome is in line with recommendations by Women’s Legal Services Australia in their ‘Safety First in family law-Five step plan’ and a result of significant advocacy…

Personal Safety Initiative to be expanded

The Victorian Government is expanding the Personal Safety Initiative. $17 million will fund safety responses and technology such as CCTV, personal alarms, locks and security doors. $2.6 million will fund 17 Personal Safety Coordinators. The Personal Safety Initiative has been piloted in regions including Darebin, Whittlesea, Moreland and Hume. The intention of the initiative is…

New therapeutic intervention projects funded

Seven projects have been funded in the northern metropolitan region (NMR) to provide intensive therapeutic support for women, children and their families experiencing family violence. VACCA has been funded to provide counselling for women, children and men impacted by family violence, therapeutic cultural healing groups, behaviour change programs with adolescent offenders and therapeutic interventions for…