Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence in the Family Law System: Reflections and Future Directions

Friday 27 July, 1115 – 1235

As a nation we have been grappling with the intersections of domestic violence and child protection in the legal system for more than 2 decades. This has manifested in substantial legislative reform, Commissions of Inquiry, policy reviews, practice guidance and resource development. Each of these developments have made a positive incremental change to the monolithic system in which the lives of women and their children affected by violence are impacted in so many ways.

This symposium provides a timely opportunity to reflect on developments to date, and consider the implications of current and emerging evidence for policy and practice, as we prepare to make submissions in response to the impending Discussion Paper of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Family Law Review.