Women and children’s safety advocates are dismayed to learn that the $10 mil pledged for so-called ‘Specialist Family Violence Services’ isto go to a select list of family relationship services to provide a range of services including couples counselling and mediation with a ‘whole of family approach’.
While the Senate has rejected the merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, former judge the Honourable Dr Chris Jessup QC has been engaged to oversee development of unified family law processes.
Police are “systematically failing” to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence, according to campaigners in the second super-complaint made to a national watchdog.
The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has accused police forces of failing to use existing powers to deal with domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and rape.
The campaigners, who gathered information from 11 frontline services, claim most rape suspects are now released without bail conditions, meaning they are left unsupervised. One sexual violence survivors service said that of 120 active cases, only five suspects were on bail.