Submission to the Family Courts Violence Review


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November 2009

Relevant to the consideration of objectives and principles, successive AIFS research studies have highlighted the prevalence of complex issues characterising families that access the family law system. The roles and objectives of the family law system must reflect the complex needs found in a substantial proportion of separating families. There needs to be a strong focus on securing the safety and best interests of children, and on supporting families in addressing safety concerns via timely and effective support services and dispute resolution.