Parliamentary Inquiry into Domestic Violence
Parliamentary Inquiry into Specifically “how Australia’s federal family law system can better support and protect people affected by family violence”. Of particular interest to you (the average Australian) should be the fact that “The Committee wants to ensure that its findings are informed by those with personal experience at the intersection of family violence and the family law system.”
No change will happen unless people ask for change. If you have an opinion about changes that should be made to the family law system you should make a submission to this inquiry.
- An anonymous online questionnaire, which will be open until 30 June 2017.
- Community statements for individuals who wish to discuss their experiences of the treatment of family violence within the family law system with the committee.
- Public hearings to gather evidence from stakeholders, including government agencies, non-government organisations, and experts in the policy area.
- Written submissions addressing one or more of the terms of reference to be received by Wednesday, 3 May 2017.
Anonymous Online Questionare
This questionnaire is anonymous, and you will not be asked for any personal details. You can fill it out online. The survey takes 10-15 minutes, depending on how long your answers are.
Service providers, community groups, and other organisations are encouraged to share the link to this questionnaire. The questionnaire is actually difficult to answer unless you personally experienced the court system (as opposed to working in the Court system, like lawyers, counsellors, mediators, or court staff).
It is actually a crime to publish identifying details of any Family Law matter involving children, so you cannot include identifying comments or remarks in your form, and the Committee has made it plain that any submissions involving those details cannot and will not be used (or at least those parts of them cannot and will not be used).
How to make a submission
The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions). Preparing a submission to an inquiry