Petition Tag - family law and family violence

1. Put Safety First in Family Law

On the 24 of March, 2011 the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland introduced into Parliament changes to reform the Family Law Act to strengthen protections against family violence and child abuse.

The Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011, makes some positive changes including broader definitions of family violence and child abuse, greater priority for safety and the removal of disincentives to reporting family violence. This is a great first step, but a lot more is needed to ensure the family law system is not jeopardising the safety of children and their carers affected by violence.

For more information regarding the “Put Safety First in Family Law Campaign” and what other actions you can take to support it, visit