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ANROWS presents: How do we keep women and children safe in the Family Court? – Free Webinar

24 May 2021 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

About the Webinar

How do we keep women and children safe in the Family Court? This very question has been raised through the many changes and initiatives in the Family Court that have occurred over the last year alone. This has included major changes such as the merger of the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court to create the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFC), the response to COVID-19, and the interim reports from the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System. Just in April, a new training program was announced for the Family Court focused on improving decisions related to children, and days after this webinar, submissions will close for the Review of the ban on direct cross-examination under the Family Law Act 1975. These concerns and changes have been broad-ranging, but one key issue remains: how to improve safety, and reduce trauma, in the Family Court for women and children.

The expert panel will draw on their diverse experiences to offer insights into improving safety in the Family Court. The panel will discuss: what can we learn from what is working, what can we learn from what isn’t working, and where are the opportunities to build change? The discussion will be facilitated by Michele Robinson (ANROWS) with:

  • Dr Jane Wangmann (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Dr Rae Kaspiew (Australian Institute of Family Studies)
  • Tracey Turner (Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Worker (Aboriginal Focus), Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service)
  • Angela Lynch AM (Women’s Legal Service Qld)
  • Janet Carmichael (Child Dispute Services, FCA & FCCA)
  • Molly Dragiewicz (Griffith University).

There will also be a live Q&A.

This webinar is designed for:

  • policymakers, practice design decision-makers, practitioners and researchers working in domestic and family violence, family law and the legal system more generally. 

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the ANROWS website.

Enquiries: rachel.pow@anrows.org.au

Register here