Family violence best practice principles, third edition

Originally released by the Attorney General in March 2009, the Best Practice Principles are designed to provide practical guidance to courts, legal practitioners, service providers, litigants and other interested persons in cases where issues of family violence or child abuse arise. In disputes involving children, these revised principles assist in the crucial task of acting as a checklist of matters for each stage of the case management process.

This edition of the Family Violence Best Practice Principles takes into account recent amendments made by the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth), which came into effect on 7 June 2012.

The amendments are designed to provide better protection for children and families at risk of violence and abuse – seeking to prioritise the safety of children in parenting matters, and ensuring the courts have better access to evidence of abuse and family violence by improving reporting requirements.

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