The Australian Family Law Courts have announced a number of new initiatives to be rolled out across the country, aimed at helping to address the shameful prevalence of family violence in our communities.

The Safe & Together Institute from the USA has been engaged by The Courts to deliver domestic violence training to judges presiding over family law cases, as well as registrars, family consultants and other staff of the Courts of Australia.

The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Hon Will Alstergren explained that this training is one of many initiatives of the Courts that are aimed at providing safer family law outcomes.

“How the Courts address issues of family violence is the most challenging, but most critical area of the Courts’ work. It is imperative that we continually review our training and knowledge in this area of work.” Chief Justice Alstergren said.

The Safe & Together Model, which has been endorsed by many of Australia’s leading family and domestic violence experts, uses a behavioural approach to mapping patterns of abuse on family functioning. This approach will assist Australia’s family law courts to make the best decisions possible for children.

You can read the full Media Release from the Family Court of Australia here.

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