Domestic Violence

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COVID-19 Lockdown and Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a concern for many people in Australia, especially during lockdown. Last year, as Melbourne fared through a series of lockdowns, domestic abuse offences were reported to have increased by 9.4%. Family violence or domestic abuse occurs at alarmingly high rates in Australia. A study conducted by Mission Australia showed that between 2019-20, …

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Family Violence In Parenting Proceedings

If the court is to find that there has been a history of family violence, is it relevant to current parenting proceedings? In Soulos & Sorbo [2019] the Full Court explored how to treat historical family violence in current parenting proceedings. The father appealed an order permitting the mother’s relocation order of the parties’ eight year …

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Attorney General criticised for mixed messages on domestic violence

The judicial system is no stranger to complaints regarding the amount of time it takes for cases to be heard. Although the case load for Federal Circuit Court judges has always been relatively high, recently released statistics regarding the Newcastle Federal Circuit Court’s workload has prompted public criticism   Attorney-General George Brandis’ Delay in appointing …

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