See in particular 6 key principles of the policy –
This fact sheet provides information about the effects of family violence on children and parenting behaviours, the protective factors for children, and risks to children on separation. It also provides contact details for help and advice organisations.
It states – ‘Children’s exposure to family violence can take many forms, including:
experiencing the aftermath of violence, such as being cared for by a distressed or withdrawn parent
The Plan ‘builds on the important work undertaken by the courts under the 2014-16 Plan and reflects the ongoing commitment of the courts to addressing family violence in all areas of operation’. Along with including the measures contained in the joint Family Violence Best Practice Principles, the Plan ‘contains actions for the administration of the courts, and for decision makers, legal practitioners, service providers and others involved in the family law system.
The Plan sets out three priority areas, each of which has defined goals, identified actions and timelines: protection from family violence; safety at court; and information and communication.
The Plan reflects contemporary understandings of the aetiology, dynamics and effects of family violence, informed by social science research. It has been developed in the context of the ongoing commitment of the Government to address and eradicate family violence.’See in particular at p 2, ‘The courts recognise the close connection between family breakdown and violence, and the detrimental impact on both adult victims and children living with family violence. Protecting family members, and particularly children, from the effects of family violence is central to all determinations of what is in a child’s best interest. Ensuring the safety of all people engaged in the family law system, including when attending court, is also a high priority for the courts.’
Open via Family Court of Australia website
This Indigenous Action Plan 2014–2016 aims to address the following identified barriers that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders when accessing the Family Court of Australia:
‘In addition to the minimum obligations set out in the Multicultural Access and Equity Policy, the courts have developed actions in response to the recommendations made by the Family Law Council in their 2012 report, Improving The Family Law System for Clients from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds in focus areas including:
This fact sheet provides information for parents about the ways family conflict affects children, both in families who live together and in families who have separated.
In families where there is a high level of conflict and animosity between parents, children are at a greater risk of developing emotional, social and behavioural problems, as well as difficulties with concentration and educational achievement.
Frequent and intense conflict or fighting between parents also has a negative impact on children’s sense of safety and security which affects their relationships with their parents and with others. Parental conflict that focuses on children is also linked to adjustment problems, particularly when children blame themselves for their parents’ problems.‘Good quality parenting’, that is parenting that provides structure, warmth, emotional support and positive reinforcement, has been found to reduce the impact of conflict.
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The Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 aims to address the following identified barriers that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders when accessing the Family Court of Australia:
Open via Federal Circuit Court of Australia websiteThis document explains the jurisdiction of the Court, including its family law jurisdiction, and the Court’s aspirations for engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Plan ‘provides a platform to introduce measures to promote reconciliation and addresses some of the barriers faces by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in interacting with the Court. In doing this, the Plan provides four focus areas for the Court: relationships; respect; opportunities; and tracking progress.