Did you know?
In the family law system today, victims can still be directly cross-examined by their abuser in court.
We need to send an urgent message to decision makers to ask them to end this outrageous practice.
Use the form to send a message to the Attorney General, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader asking them to change the Family Law Act to empower victims to give evidence without fear.
We will also send a copy of your message to:
- Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women
- Terri Butler, Shadow Assistant Minister for Family Violence and Child Safety
- Senator Derryn Hinch
- Senator Nick Xenophon
- Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore
- Senator David Leyonhjelm
- Senator Richard Di Natale
- Senator Larissa Waters
- Senator Jacqui Lambie
Being directly questioned in court by an abusive ex-partner is not only traumatising, it can also affect the victim’s ability to give evidence clearly and accurately.
This can prevent important information being made available to the court to protect children from violence and means dangerous decisions are being made.
There is no excuse for this. We must protect victims and their children by empowering them to give evidence without fear or intimidation.
Only the federal government can fix this problem because it’s the federal Family Law Act that needs to change. But there are only two parliamentary sitting weeks left in 2016.