Make courts safer for DV victim-survivors

Make courts safer for DV victim-survivors

Do you want to make the courts safer for DV victim-survivors?

Tell the government it's time to:

  1. outlaw direct cross-examination of domestic violence complainants by their accused;
  2. provide for all domestic and sexual violence matters to be heard in closed court proceedings;
  3. provide right of access to audio-visual link facilities to give evidence in both domestic and sexual violence matters;
  4. increase funding for women’s domestic violence court advocacy services to support women through domestic violence hearings and ensure access to a safe room; and
  5. require domestic, family and sexual violence matters to be heard by specialist magistrates with ...

Do you want to make the courts safer for DV victim-survivors?

Tell the government it's time to:

  1. outlaw direct cross-examination of domestic violence complainants by their accused;
  2. provide for all domestic and sexual violence matters to be heard in closed court proceedings;
  3. provide right of access to audio-visual link facilities to give evidence in both domestic and sexual violence matters;
  4. increase funding for women’s domestic violence court advocacy services to support women through domestic violence hearings and ensure access to a safe room; and
  5. require domestic, family and sexual violence matters to be heard by specialist magistrates with specific knowledge and expertise in dealing with such matters in accordance with the standards set out in the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book.

 

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Make courts safer for DV victim survivors

Right now, the criminal justice system in NSW can be traumatic and unsafe for DV victims-survivors to give evidence. They are usually required to appear in an open court in front of the general public and may be directly cross-examined by their abuser. And their matters are heard by a general pool of local court magistrates who may be dealing with drug or traffic matters on the same day. There ...

Right now, the criminal justice system in NSW can be traumatic and unsafe for DV victims-survivors to give evidence. They are usually required to appear in an open court in front of the general public and may be directly cross-examined by their abuser. And their matters are heard by a general pool of local court magistrates who may be dealing with drug or traffic matters on the same day. There are not even funded services to support them at the actual hearing after they've had their first court mention.

Frontine DV workers supporting women in 117 local courts across NSW have identified the following urgent reforms needed to make courts safer for DV victims-survivors.

Tell the government, it's time to make this happen!

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Dear Women's Safety NSW,

Please add my voice and tell the government to make the courts safer for DV victim-survivors.

Tell the government it's time to:

1. outlaw direct cross-examination of domestic violence complainants by their accused;
2. provide for all domestic and sexual violence matters to be heard in closed court proceedings;
3. provide right of access to audio-visual link facilities to give evidence in both domestic and sexual violence matters;
4. increase funding for women’s domestic violence court advocacy services to support women through domestic violence hearings and ensure access to a safe room; and
5. require domestic, family and sexual violence matters to be heard by specialist magistrates with specific knowledge and expertise in dealing with such matters in accordance with the standards set out in the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book.